India’s run machine, Virat Kohli was in great form once again as he slammed yet another century against Sri Lanka in the third ODI at Trivandrum.
As a result of this wonderful achievement, he was able to bag yet another Player of the Series award.
Since August 2022, Kohli has been in superb form for India. During the third ODI, Kohli was in sublime touch and played some rather elegant shots against Sri Lanka’s bowlers.
And after achieving his century, Kohli also made sure that he didn’t lose his wicket and remained not out at 166.
In just three matches, Kohli scored 283 runs with an average of 142 and a strike rate of 137. Additionally, Mohammad Siraj was also in contention for this award.
Siraj scalped 9 wickets in these three ODIs with an average of 10.
Kohli says that he doesn’t keep a count of his awards
When Kohli received the Player of the Series award in yesterday’s match, he was asked by former cricketer Murali Kartik how many Player of the Series awards he has received so far.
Says Kohli in reply,
I have no idea (about the Player of the Series awards he has won). For me, it’s just a byproduct of the intent I have, mindset that I play with. Mindset is always to help the team win, bat for as long as possible and if you do that, you end up making a difference. I have always played for the right reasons, to help the team as much as possible. It is just intent, playing for the right reasons.
Kohli has notched up his 46th ODI century and is very close to breaking Sachin’s record of 49 ODI centuries.
India has 18 more ODIs to play before they start playing the 50-over World Cup later this year.
Which is why Kohli would be hoping to get as many centuries as possible and get over Sachin’s record.
However, Virat doesn’t believe in desperation to reach a milestone or break a record.
Ever since I came back from the long break, I have been feeling good. I don’t have that desperation to get to a milestone. I am just enjoying my batting, being in space where I can relax. Today as well, I was just happy to be out there batting. I am in a nice space right now and want this to continue.
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