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Hoping to continue my good run: Kohli

Press Trust Of India
Dec 03, 2011 at 11:45am IST

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Visakhapatnam: He is now dubbed as a match-winner in the shorter version and Virat Kohli intends to make hay till the sun shines.

A superb 117 by Kohli, together with a 90 not out by Rohit Sharma, scripted India's five-wicket win in the second ODI against the West Indies on Friday, to give the hosts a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

"I know you can't continue in good form forever. Therefore I want this good form to be extended as much as possible, because you never know when you hit a bad patch," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony while receiving his Man-of-the-Match award.

Hoping to continue my good run: Kohli

Virat Kohli won the Man-of-the-Match award for his 117 in India's five-wicket win at Visakhapatnam.

"It's the worst thing that a batsman has to go though. Suddenly there will be a five-match series and a few low scores will make things difficult for you."

Kohli has now scored two centuries at this particular ground, but he was reluctant to compare the two innings.

"You can't compare my century against Australia in terms of effort. Against Australia, the wicket was slow and scoring wasn't really difficult. But today, it wasn't a wicket where you could just go out there and play your shots. You needed time to adjust before starting to play your shots," Kohli explained.

Asked about his 163-run partnership with Rohit Sharma, Kohli said, "It's always been a great experience to bat with Rohit. Batting together, we are constantly learning about how to put up partnerships."

Meanwhile, skipper Sehwag praised both Virat and Rohit, stating that both batted like "matured men."

The knock of the two young Indian batsmen came after an unbelievable counter-attack by West Indies No. 10 Ravi Rampaul (86 not out) and No. 11 Kemar Roach (24). Lendl Simmons earlier made 78.

Asked about his bowlers' failure to get the last wicket, Sehwag was effusive in his praise for Rampaul.

"I tried various bowling changes but it was simply Ravi Rampaul's day and we could do nothing about it. Vinay (Kumar) and Umesh (Yadav) bowled well at the beginning, but R Ashwin was unfortunately off-colour today. When I realised that nothing could be done, I told myself that let's concentrate on batting."

His counterpart, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy expressed his disappointment at not being able to deliver the knock-out punch.

"We tried to punch the Indians but they punched us harder. Ravi played well and it was great to see Kemar (Roach) bowl like this. The smile is back on his face but somehow we are not being able to give the final push."

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