Chennai: Exhausted and elated in equal measure after a match-winning hundred in the fourth ODI against South Africa here, Indian batsman Virat Kohli said the knock was among the most challenging of his career.
India rode on Kohli’s brilliant 138 to post 299 for eight and then restricted the visitors to 264 for nine, despite a valiant ton by rival skipper AB de Villiers, to win by 35 runs and level the five-match series 2-2.
“It is one of my more challenging innings in ODI cricket specially because of the bowling attack they have. South Africa have been bowling pretty well in the series in the right areas. The pitch wasn’t that quick for us to get boundaries throughout,” Kohli told ‘bcci.tv’.
“So I had to run a lot and keep pushing the boundary fielders and keep looking for those gaps so that I could keep running through the innings. Probably, that is why in the end I started cramping because the body took a lot of toll. In the afternoon it gets pretty tough in Chennai and the conditions to bat are pretty difficult. But, all in all right now I feel great about it,” he said.—PTI