Kohli lauds Bumrah, spinners for series sweep

Arnold Nichols
September 4, 2017

India continued their impressive run in Sri Lanka, recording a 168-run victory in the fourth one-day global on Thursday to go 4-0 up in the five-match series.

Defeat will mean India sweeping the series 5-0, having already won the three-Test series 3-0.

Team India wrapped the 5-match ODI series in Sri Lanka with another thumping victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo on Sunday. India did attempt some middle-order experiments playing Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey and KL Rahul in the series - Jadhav and Pandey hitting one fifty apiece. The batting coach also felt that Sri Lanka played too many dot balls. Then batting partnership is something that we have also spoken about - where we ask players to give us one 100-plus stand and one 75-plus stand. Lasith Malinga took over as the skipper for the fourth ODI, but had to endure India romping to 375 for 5. "Personally, I think someone who is young like that should only be playing the longer version of the game and ODI cricket", he said.

Although Indian skipper ViratKohli was unhappy as hosts Sri Lanka hardly managed to come up with a fight and was not as challenging as he expected, he expressed his delight over a convincing 5-0 whitewash in the just-concluded One-Day International (ODI) series.

Earlier, Kumar made the most of the conditions, reducing Sri Lanka to 40-2 before Lahiru Thirimanne (67) and Angelo Mathews stitched together a 122-run stand for the fourth wicket to steady the innings.

Kohli is on an unbelievable run in the calendar year 2017.

Chasing a victory target of 239, India lost Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane early. We need someone who is set to get a big one.

"Getting a Man-of-the-Series award in the sub-continent as a fast bowler is a great thing to achieve", he said. The latest instalment of that came last night when India chose to field two wrist-spinners, leggie Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. Dhoni surpassed former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara, who had 99 stumpings in 404 matches. Such a whitewash would have been nearly unimaginable during the time when the Sri Lankan dressing room was populated by the likes of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan, Tilakaratne Dilshan and a younger Lasith Malinga.

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