Bowlers Came Back Strongly After the Start: Virat Kohli

Bowlers Came Back Strongly After the Start: Virat Kohli”

The recent results too haven't been exactly flattering for Sri Lanka. But, the situation changed when Indian females replied them back as well.

A smile breaks out on Malinga's face, the smile of the vanquished, and Kohli responds with a smile, the smile of the benign conqueror. The ball was coming onto the bat like a dream under lights and Shikhar (Dhawan) and me enjoyed batting together. The Indians thrashed Sri Lanka left, right and center to register a thumping nine-wicket win in the series opener. The hosts collapsed from 139 for one and were bowled out for 216 runs, which India chased down with 21.1 overs to spare yesterday.

"It swings between hurt and embarrassment", Sri Lanka's interim coach Nic Pothas said following the match, as quoted on CricBuzz. Pothas, who took up coaching duties after Graham Ford quit mid-contract end of June, said there had been too many changes. On the first delivery of the 5th over, Dhawan and Rohit fumbled as they tried to steal a run. Dhawan has been in good form ever since his comeback in the Champions Trophy, and his personal scores reflect the mass appeal. His new attitude, rather a return to his debut demeanour, has impressed skipper Kohli and his fans. That was Shikhar born-again Dhawan.

Mathews apart, other middle-order batsmen Upul Tharanga (13), Chamara Kapugedera (1) Wanidu Hasaranga (2) scored a total of 16 runs only. Anushka is in Sri Lanka and giving moral support to Virat Kohli for ODI matches against Sri Lanka. The main thing is someone has to get a big one.

"Axar brings something with the bat and he's a gun fielder". Sri Lankan fans and former players, the 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga being the most vehement critic, have lashed out, blaming the administration.

Dhawan only returned to the Test side for the Sri Lanka series due to an illness to young star KL Rahul, however his stunning 190 on the opening day of the first Test forced the selectors to keep him on, and he repaid the faith in the third Test with a fine 119.

Obviously and expectedly, the Indians have set the pace in the limited-over series as well.

It seems the relationship has gone to the next level!

The writer is a freelance contributor based in India.

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