NEW DELHI: Player of the match winner Virat Kohli on Thursday tendered his humble apology to Ravindra Jadeja from snatching the coveted award from the star India all-rounder after hitting a match-winning 48th ODI century against Bangladesh in the World Cup 2023 match in Pune.
With this win, India registered their fourth win on the trot and are on the second spot with 8 points in the standings despite being on equal number of points with New Zealand who remained at the top spot on the basis of net run rate.Jadeja, who returned the figures of 2/38 in his 10 overs, picked two crucial wickets to restrict Bangladesh to 256/8. Jadeja also took a stunning diving catch at point to get rid of well-set Mushfiqur Rahim for 38.

“Sorry for stealing it (POTM award) from Jaddu, I wanted to make a big contribution. I have had a few fifties in World Cups, haven’t really converted them. I just wanted to finish the game off this time around and hang on till the end which is what I have done over the years for the team,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“I was telling Shubman, even if you dream about a situation like that, you’ll just go back to sleep, you won’t think it’s real. It was a dream start for me, first four balls, two free-hits, a six and a four. Just calming you down gets you into the innings. The pitch was pretty good and it allowed me to play my game – just time the ball, hit the gaps, run hard and get the boundaries whenever needed.

There’s a great atmosphere in the change room, we are loving each others’ company, and the spirit is there for everyone to see on the field. That’s why it’s translating like that on the field. We understand it’s a long tournament, you need to create some momentum in the change room for the guys to come out and play like this. It’s a special feeling playing at home, playing in front of all these people, we just want to make the most of it,” Kohli concluded.

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Kohli, the modern day maestro, also achieved a remarkable milestone by surpassing legendary Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest player to 26,000 international runs during his illustrious career.
Kohli, who needed 73 runs before the start of the game, reached the landmark in style with a six.

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