On Thursday, chasing the second ODI against Sri Lanka, India changing batting order almost disrupt before the brilliant partnership between former skipper MS Dhoni and pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar save the visitors.
Skipper Virat Kohli took a decision to move down himself and said that he had no regrets. Kohli feels that while chasing going well he wanted to give the other batsmen in the team a change.
A remaining unbeaten 100-run partnership between MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar for the eighth wicket certify that India beat Sri Lanka by three wickets and went 2-0 up in five match series.
After the match, Kohli said that he had no regrets about the change his decision to change the batting order. “When you’re 110 for 1 in a chase of 230, you want to give everyone a chance to bat. I don’t have any regrets. If I had come at No. 3, I would have still missed that ball because he (Akila Dananjaya) was bowling that well.”
Kohli added, “It was quite an exciting game of cricket, fans and players must have been entertained. It is good for us to come through eventually. Two 100-run partnerships in a chase of 230 with seven wickets, that’s quite bizarre. This kind of thing does not happen in this game often.”
The 28-year-old India’s skipper gave praised to unheralded unknown spinner Akila Dananjaya, who took six for 54 from 10 overs to break disorder on the Indian innings. Dananjaya got married on Thursday and also he got the Man-of-the-match award.
Kohli said, “We thought he was the off-spinner with a good leg-break, but he got four wickets off googlies. We’ll be more careful next time. Credit to him for pitching the ball in the right areas.”
“The off-spin was working, so continuously used the variations. I came back to the hotel at around 11 pm last night.”