India cricket captain Virat Kohli on Thursday shared a rather interesting anecdote about a pep talk he gave the team on the 2014 tour of Australia. Kohli, who was leading the team in the absence of an injured MS Dhoni, shared details of the conversation in the dressing room on the 4th day of the Adelaide Test. “Whatever target they give us tomorrow, we’re going for it. If there’s any hesitation or anyone wants to oppose it, you tell me right now, or we go to our rooms knowing we’re going to meet the target. So it hurt a lot not to cross the line, but it gave us a lot of confidence as a team that we could win anywhere,” Kohli said at the CNN-News18 Indian of the Year 2017 Award function.
The 29-year-old also said that his century in second innings was the most memorable ton he made. Kohli slammed 141 against a high-quality Australian bowling attack. Despite the century, India failed to chase down the fourth innings target of 364 and lost by 48 runs.
“There have been so many, but purely in terms of the transition, the second innings hundred at Adelaide where we almost won the Test match…” Kohli said.
India have Sri Lanka in the firing line again as they seek a record equaling ninth straight series win when the third Test starts on Saturday. Already leading 1-0 in the three-match series, victory in the New Delhi Test would cap a dominant year and equal Australia’s record of nine consecutive series victories from 2005 to 2008.