Anushka Sharma keeps me motivated, I dedicate my innings to her: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli was named man-of-the-match for his spectacular 97 and 103 in India’s historic Test triumph over England. After dedicating the victory to Kerala flood victims, Kohli also had a special word for wife Anushka Sharma.Anushka, one of India’s leading movie stars, was present at Edgbaston when Kohli scored his first ever Test hundred in England. She was also in the stands at Trent Bridge when Kohli scored his second hundred in England – a fine 103 in tough conditions. Kohli said Anushka was his biggest motivator who kept pushing him to do better.Kohli and Anushka got married in a secret ceremony in Tuscany in December last year.On Monday, when Kohli got to his 23rd Test hundred, he and Anushka exchanged kisses. Their affection made headlines all across the cricket world. In the past, Anushka has often been trolled everytime Kohli failed. He had to tweet and slam those trolls who targetted Anushka for his failures as a cricketer.However, this was a sweet moment for the power couple. An Indian Test win in England and Kohli leading from the front.READ – India complete historic Test triumph in England: Recapping all seven victories”I want to dedicate my innings especially to my wife. She’s motivated me a lot, kept pushing me. She’s the only one who keeps me positive out there.”She has copped a lot in the past but she deserves the credit for this one,” Kohli said.Kohli also became the second most successful Indian Test captain after Sourav Ganguly. Overall, this series has been a different story from the 2014 series where Kohli managed only 134 runs from 10 innings.advertisementREAD – Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captainIn six innings so far this year, Kohli has scored 440 runs including twohundreds and two half-centuries. Kohli, who since the tour of England in 2014, has been the most dominating batsman across formats in international cricket, said he did not really think of that nightmarish tour and instead said he was pleased with the way India performed in all three departments in the game.India were severely criticised for their poor performance at Edgbaston where they failed to chase down 194. At Lord’s, the Indians were completely outplayed in conditions loaded heavily in favour of England.READ – Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captainThen there were concerns over the attitude of the Indian team who did not practice enough enough before the Test series.After the victory on Wednesday, Kohli said he was happy his batsmen did everything they had discussed at team meetings leading up to the third Test.”It has been a very pleasing performance in all three departments. It was a a complete Test match for us. We only spoke about the fact that we were only outplayed in one Test out of the five we had played since South Africa, and that was at Lord’s.”We spoke about stepping up as batsmen, and that’s what we did, and we set it up for the bowlers. The bowling group was eager to take those 20 wickets again – the question was what we could do as batsmen to give them that cushion. When both skills come together with slip catching, we win Test matches.READ – Virat Kohli dedicates historic Test triumph to Kerala flood victims”Everything came together for us. It was very crucial how Rahane played, having lost Puji (Cheteshwar Pujara) just before lunch.”Kohli also reserved speical praise for his pacers. Hardik Pandya took a five-wicket haul in the first innings while Jasprit Bumrah, returning to the Test team after an injury lay-off, took his second five-wicket haul in the second innings to set up India’s victory.”The most pleasing thing for me to see was that the four fastest bowlers in the series have all been Indians. We’ve worked on our fitness, on our mindset, cutting down on loose deliveries. They’re getting better and better the more Test cricket they’ve played. It’s a delight to watch when they’re running in,” Kohli said.last_img

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