Virat Kohli Reflects On India’s Successful 2019 Campaign While 30 Mins At The WC 2019 Being His Only Regret!
A thrilling win over West Indies in the final ODI of recent India vs West Indies series ended the decade on a great note as far as the Indian fans were concerned. Toast of the nation, Virat Kohli anchored yet another successful chase and put in a man of the match performance. India was chasing a steep total of 316 and it required a brilliant opening stand by KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma followed by a masterful 85 by Virat and the perfect finishing act by Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur to get India over the line.
Incidentally, India’s last match of this decade had uncanny similarities to its last completed match of the previous decade. The opposition which happened to be Sri Lanka put up exactly the same score, leaving India to chase a tricky total of 316. India managed to chase it after an unbeaten 150 by Gautam Gambhir and a smart 107 by who else but the chase master Virat Kohli himself. It happened to be Kohli’s first International hundred and Gautam Gambhir famously made a touching gesture by handing over his man of the match award to Virat Kohli. This drama unfolded in the post-match ceremony being announced by none other than the current India coach Ravi Shastri.
Coming back to the final match of this decade, on being asked to assess the year gone by, Virat Kohli stated that it was one of the best years the team had asked with the team winning almost all the bilateral series irrespective of the format. The captain then went on to express his only regret of 2019, which was the heartbreaking loss to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-final. He said that 30 minutes of poor cricket cost the nation a world cup.
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