The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli said he is a proud man after the hosts registered a 66-run win over England in the One-Day International series opener of the three-match series in Pune on Tuesday. Kohli was impressed by the performances of Shikhar Dhawan (98) and KL Rahul (62 not out) and said that the team wants to back such players who will do a selfless job.
During the post-match presentation, Virat Kohli said, “Team showed great character and intensity. As I’ve mentioned in the past as well, we promote players who have intent and back their skills. Special mention to Shikhar’s innings as well. Didn’t get much after the first T20I. KL as well, back among the runs. So we want to back people who will do a selfless job.”
The Indian skipper also lavished praise on debutants Prasidh Krishna and Krunal Pandya.
Talking about the debutant, Virat had said, “A comeback from all our bowlers. Going for few runs early on (Prasidh) and coming back was amazing. Krunal as well. Shardul, Bhuvi were amazing. I am a really proud man right now.”
Dhawan was named player of the match for his match-winning knock of 98 and he said that when he wasn’t a part of the playing XI, he was looking to stay positive.
Describing the same, Shikhar Dhawan said, “When I wasn’t playing, I was thinking how I can give to the team. I was being a good 12th man (laughs), serving water. In my head, though, I was quite positive. That when I get an opportunity I can score runs.”
Both teams will not be locking horns with each other at the same venue on Friday for the second ODI.