The Indian stalwart, Virat Kohli has returned to his original best. Continuing his sublime form which he picked up in late 2022, Kohli notched up his second century in 2023, playing another match-winning knock of 166 runs as India registered a win by the biggest margin in ODIs by 317 runs against Sri Lanka in Kerala in the third and final game of the series. After the big win, Kohli made a million-dollar gesture towards a special trio from the Indian contingent, crediting them for his and the team’s success.
The immense hard work of the throwdown specialist and other staff members often gets lost amid the success of the performers in the front. The audience tends to credit the success of the whole owing to the performers they watch.
However, Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill, in an epic gesture after the series whitewash, took to BCCI.tv to introduce India’s three support staff members – Raghu, Nuwan, and Daya – who work as throwdown specialists for Team India.
In the video shared by the BCCI, Virat Kohli said, “You all know Raghu, we have spoken about him a lot. Then there is Nuwan. He is from Sri Lanka, but he is more Indian now. And Daya. He joined a couple of years ago and he has been an integral part of the team now. In my opinion, they have given us world-class practice everyday. They challenge us in the nets like any 145+ or 150 kmph bowler would do and always try to get us out.”
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He further explained, “At times it feels intense, but for me, that has been the difference in my career from where I was as a cricketer before I started getting these kinds of practice to where I am now. A lot of credit has to go to how these guys have helped us practice regularly. Their contribution has been unbelievable. You guys should remember their faces and names, because behind our success a lot of effort is put in by these guys.”
Team India’s next assignment is a three-match ODI series against New Zealand starting January 18, followed by a three-match T20I contest.