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Virat Kohli and Boys Celebrate Series Win With a Dip in the Pool

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: August 7, 2017, 12:33 PM IST
Virat Kohli and Boys Celebrate Series Win With a Dip in the Pool

Indian players enjoy in the pool. (Team India/Facebook)

New Delhi: Having thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs in the second Test in Colombo on Sunday, Virat Kohli and his boys enjoyed the off day on Monday by bonding in the pool. The Test was supposed to finish on Monday, but the Indians wrapped it up on Sunday itself with a day to spare.

Taking to Facebook, BCCI posted a video which read: “MUST WATCH - Pool splash: #TeamIndia cool it off by the pool... Virat Kohli & boys unwind after clinching the 2nd Test at Colombo…/pool-splash-team-india-cool-it-off-by-… #SLvIND.”

The writing was always on the wall coming into the fourth day of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka on a Sinhalese Sports Club wicket which was expected to play unpredictably. And it took Virat Kohli and his boys four hours and 35 minutes to wrap up the Lankan innings on the penultimate day to win the match by an innings and 53 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. As expected, it was once again Ravindra Jadeja who wreaked havoc on the fourth afternoon.

Not only did Jadeja finish with his ninth five-wicket haul in an innings, but it was also his second five-for outside India. It was only poetic justice that he was handed the Man of the Match award for finishing with 7 wickets in the game and 70 crucial runs in India’s only innings in the second Test.

Kohli said that the boys have developed a habit of winning, irrespective of geographical boundaries, and it is hungry to extend the consistent run. India on Sunday defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs in the second Test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. It means India have already retained the series that they won here 2-1 in 2015, and now have a chance to complete an overseas whitewash when the third Test starts in Pallekele on August 12.

"Well, it's obviously nice to win this series again. We won this last time also, in 2015. Yes, we do have that chance, but honestly speaking, we are not looking at Test matches or Test cricket now as home and away anymore. We are just looking at Test matches as Test matches and we want to win anywhere that we play," Kohli said.

"If we can believe enough in our abilities then we are not really bothered about where we are playing. That kind of energy I can sense in the team, and the team believes that as well. We are creating a habit of winning that I think can be carried on in future as well."

Kohli said his team plays with a lot of passion and savours each other’s success and understand the importance of consistency.

"For us, this is priority. Test cricket is the most important thing for us. And everyone plays with a lot of passion. If you see, last nine Test matches, six times we've got 600 runs. That shows the hunger of the batsmen, they are waiting for an opportunity, there are lower order contributions as well," he said.

"In the dressing room we feel really proud of each other’s efforts, that we're really putting in those consistent, convincing performances, and winning Test matches more often than getting the other results. We really feel good as a team that we're able to win consistently right now,

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First Published: August 7, 2017, 12:29 PM IST

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