Skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday smashed yet another record in cricket when he became the fastest player to complete 9,000 runs in One Day International. He achieved this feat with an elegant century- 32nd of his career.
It was also Kohli’s sixth century in 2017, the most by a captain in a year. Sourav Ganguly in 2000, Ricky Ponting in 2003 and 2007, Graeme Smith in 2005 and AB de Villiers in 2015 have scored five centuries in a year.
Kohli’s batting display coupled great partnership with Rohit Sharma and destructive death over bowling by Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar meant that India were able to secure another series win in ODI cricket comfortably.
Rohit was the top scorer for India with 147 runs while Kohli slammed 113 to cross the milestone of 9,000 ODI runs.
New Zealand chased the target well and only needed 30 runs in three overs with five wickets in hand. But thanks to the splendid bowling display by Kumar and Bumrah that the visitors fell short of seven runs in the end.
Rohit Sharma said that Rohit Sharma Bumrah and Kumar were the world’s best death bowlers and the duo have contributed significantly to the recent limited overs success of the team.
While Kumar proved expensive in the series decider against New Zealand, Bumrah bowled brilliantly in the death overs to stop the visitors at 331 for seven in response to India’s 337 for six.
“I think we have the two best death bowlers. If you look at the last series against Australia, the way they have bowled, you have to praise them a lot. Because if you look at Australia’s batting, with their power hitting, those were the two bowlers who got us back most of the times,” Rohit was quoted by PTI.