Virat Kohli equals Sachin Tendulkar's record in ICC ODI rankings

06 September, 2017, 13:21 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • As India inflicts a whitewash against Sri Lanka Virat Kohli achieves yet another feat

The team Sri Lanka suffered their heaviest defeat at home when they went down by 168 runs.

Kohli was ably supported by spin all-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who contributed with a quick-fire 63 as the duo shared a 109-run stand to take the visitors enroute their first overseas whitewash since 2013.

Apart from most stumping dismissals in global cricket, Dhoni holds the record of being involved in six dismissals in an innings in ODIs. "As I said, we don't want to be predictable in any way and we want to have an X factor if possible with the bowling attack as well", he added. The fifth ODI marks the return of SriLankan skipper Tharanga after the ban of 2 matches for slow over rate.

Sri Lanka from: Upul Tharanga (capt), Lasith Malinga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilshan Munaweera, Lahiru Thirimanna, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.

Sri Lanka has played under the three captains in this Series so far. This allowed Mathews and Thirimanne to settle down, take their time and lay a platform for the middle and late order to score quickly.

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With series already in the basket, the Indian captain made some changes to accommodate some fresh or the players sitting on the bench in the previous matches. At one stage we were looking at 260-270. "Teams will find it hard (to break us down) and we'll always stay ahead of the game", he said after leading India to a 5-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in the ODI series that concluded here on Sunday night. We always thought the shorter format is going to be much more challenging. We have to improve in all three departments, especially our batting. The youngsters and the spunk on the field has worked for us. In their last game against West Indies in July 2017, Virat Kohli had opened the innings, having played that role for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL too.

"We will find the core group for World Cup quickly only if the guys perform in the next couple of big series coming up because then the mindset becomes different of taking anyone anywhere in the world".

"We got a few run-outs, and a few good catches as well, a lot of people stopping those singles in between so that was one thing that we addressed".

It so happened that debutant Shardul Thakur bowled a bouncer which skimmed past the leg side of the batsman and landed into the gloves of Dhoni.

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