India captain Virat Kohli on Sunday stated he was stunned that Shardul Thakur was not adjudged man-of-the-match for the third and final ODI against England and Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed the man-of-the-series honours regardless of robust performances. Sam Curran was handed the man-of-the match award for his heroic 83-ball 95 not out in a misplaced trigger as India gained the third ODI by seven runs to clinch the three-match sequence 2-1. Shardul took 4 wickets for 67 runs however conceded 18 runs within the 47th over to present England a shot at victory.
England top-order batsman Jonny Bairstow received the man-of-the-series award for his 219 runs within the three video games, together with 100 to high the run-scorers’ chart.
Bhuvneshwar took six wickets within the sequence at an financial system fee of 4.65 and a median of 22.50.
“I’m surprised Shardul wasn’t the man of the match, and Bhuvi wasn’t the man of the series. A lot of credit to them for bowling so well in adverse conditions,” Kohli stated on the post-match presentation, wrapping up sequence victories throughout codecs towards the vacationers.
India dropped at the least 4 catches, together with that of Curran, at essential junctures to pile on the stress however Kohli sought to play it down.
“It’s most disappointing for the guy who drops the catch, but as much as you get disappointed, catches get put down and sometimes they cost you. That is a part of the game.
“There’s no lack of intent, and our physique language was excellent. Eventually we received over the road,” he said.
Asked about the intensity shown by both the teams in the white-ball leg, Kohli said, “When the top-two groups battle one another, we’ll get thrilling video games. We knew England are usually not going to throw within the towel, and Sam performed a very good innings to maintain them within the hunt.
“However, our bowlers picked up wickets, and it moved from us finishing it off to them getting over the line before Hardik (Pandya) and Nattu (T Natarajan) pulled it back. Prasidh (Krishna) and Krunal (Pandya) were impressive. “But dying overs batting was extraordinarily good, regardless of the early wickets, and if the highest three can get 100, then we are able to get 370s and 380s later.
“This win has been sweet because it’s against the top team in the world, and we’re looking forward to the IPL. It’s been an amazing season, series, and this was a great way to finish it off.”
Asked about two months inside a bio-secure bubble throughout this England tour, he stated, “Scheduling needs to be looked at in future, since playing in bubbles will be difficult, and everyone can’t have the same mental capacity all the time. But I’m looking forward to the IPL for now.”
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