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Captaincy motivates me to score big Test hundreds, says Virat Kohli

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India skipper Virat Kohli says the responsibility of leading the team motivates him to push his limits in testing conditions which eventually helped score big Test hundreds.


No Indian batsman has more double hundreds in Test cricket than Kohli, who smashed a handful of records with his career-best unbeaten knock of 254 on the day two of the second Test against South Africa.


He surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag by amassing a record seventh double hundred, the highest in Indian cricket history.


The 30-year-old, who now has 26 Test hundreds and 43 in ODIs, also went past Sir Don Bradman’s Test tally of 6,996 runs.


“Feels great it’s a nice little thing to get along in your career, to get most number of double hundreds,” Kohli told BCCI.tv.


“I struggled to get big scores initially but then as soon as I became captain then you invariably just think about the team all the time, you can’t just think about your game. In that process you end up batting more than you can imagine that’s been the mindset for a long time now.”

Talking about his unbeaten 254 here, the skipper said thinking about the team helped him play his marathon innings in hot and humid conditions.


“It’s difficult but if you keep thinking (about the) team then you push yourselves in situations you can’t otherwise. That’s the key in hot and humid, testing conditions you think about the team and you end up batting 3-4 hours more.”

“That was the only challenging thing and then (Ravindra) Jadeja came to bat and you have to run fast with Jaddu. It was physically and mentally challenging and but that’s what you prepare for as an international player.”

Talking about his double centuries, Kohli said he would rank the 200 against West Indies in North Sound, Antigua and the 235 against England in Mumbai as the top two.


“The top two will be Antigua and Mumbai, the one against England. All double hundreds are special but those two are more special because one was away from home and one against England in challenging conditions, it was very hot and humid there.”

India declared their first innings at 601 for five and then went on to reduce South Africa to 36 for three.


Kohli added that he was delighted by day two’s result as everything went as per plan for India.


“The plan was simple, to get to 600 as soon as possible and make them bat tonight. Jaddu batted brilliantly, at a great tempo so that allowed me to take risks and hit the gap. That partnership was great for us we also bowled and ended up taking three wickets.


“That was the plan, we wanted to attack and be positive not just play out sessions and days. Whatever happened in the end that was the plan,” Kohli said.


Former India cricketer VVS Laxman was lavish in his praise for Kohli.


“For a player like Virat Kohli, batting at this level, is like batting against your thought process and not against the bowlers. I’m really impressed with his precise footwork and his effective shots,” Laxman told official broadcaster Star Sports.


“It’s amazing on how he balances his stance, how he goes forward and plays the ball through the offside and uses his pace for the midwicket. He has the gift of noticing these gaps and puts pressure on the captain and bowler. He definitely had a different level of concentration today.”

Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith pointed out that Kohli used the old ball to his advantage.


“Rabada was not able to make good use of the old ball and that got him more frustrated. Whereas, Virat was able to use it at his advantage and went on to score big runs. Somewhere, South Africa are not able to put things in the right place till now.”

Former India pacer Irfan Pathan commended Kohli for keeping the interest of the team ahead of his personal achievements.


“It is commendable that Virat took the decision of declaring the innings rather than looking out for his milestone of achieving a triple hundred. He kept the team ahead of himself and the three wickets India were able to take shows how he made the right decision,” Pathan said.


The Vice captain of the side Ajinkya Rahane said Kohli’s on-field aggression helps him perform better.


“Virat is an extremely fit player, he is someone who gives immense importance to his fitness regime and that is reflected in in his performance. Be it T20s, Tests or ODIs, he is the fittest one across formats. Also, he gets a little aggressive on the field and I think, that in a way makes his performance better.



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Pro Kabaddi 2019, Semifinal 2: All you need to know about Bengal Warriors

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Bengal Warriors will be coming into the semifinal 2 of Pro Kabaddi after a rest of six days and will be rearing to face U Mumba at Eka Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad, on Wednesday. U Mumba are on a five match unbeaten streak and entered semifinal after a comfortable win over Haryana Steelers in Eliminator 1.




PKL 2019: Bengal Warriors record

Win: 14

Lost: 5

Tie: 3




Best Raider – Maninder Singh

Maninder Singh is among the 5 raiders to score 200-plus raid points and one of the four raiders to average above 10 raid points this season. Maninder’s Do or Die raid strike rate of 80 is the second best among raiders, who have gone for a minimum of 20 D-o-D raids. However, Bengal Warriors are not entirely dependent on Maninder as the support raiders in Prapanjan, Nabibakhsh and Sukesh Hegde have contributed 47 per cent, while Maninder’s contribution was 43 per cent of team’s raid points.




Best Defender – Baldev Singh

Baldev Singh is on the verge of reaching 100 overall points in his second Pro Kabaddi League season. His average of 2.59 tackle points is already much better than his 1.33 tackle point average in Season 6. Sitting second in the list of most High 5s (6) in the season, Baldev could prove to be a big threat to U Mumba’s raiding unit – Abhishek Singh and Arjun Deshwal.


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Pro Kabaddi 2019 Live score: Delhi take on Bengaluru in semifinal 1 today

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In today’s Pro Kabaddi 2019 match, the semifinal 1 will be played between Dabang Delhi and Bengaluru Bulls at the Eka Arena TranStadia, Ahmedabad. In semifinal 2, Bengal Warriors will lock horns with U Mumba at same venue. The Delhi vs Bengaluru kabaddi match will begin at 7:30 pm IST.
 

Pro Kabaddi 2019 playoffs, Semifinal 2: U Mumba vs Bengal Warriors live streaming details

The U Mumba vs Bengal Warriors kabaddi match will begin at 8:30 pm IST after the first match ends. Kabaddi fans can catch Pro Kabaddi 2019 live action on Star Sports 1 and 2 and Star Sports 1 and 2 HD with English commentary, and on Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi. You can also live stream kabaddi matches on Hotstar.

 
Stay tuned for Bengal Warriors vs U Mumba and Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls live match score here.

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Pro Kabaddi 2019: All you need to know about U Mumba ahead of semi-final 2

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In the semifinal 2 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, U Mumba will lock horns with Bengal Warriors at EKA Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad, on Wednesday. U Mumba had a shaky start of their PKL 2019 campaign but they managed to enter the playoffs with some brilliant defending skills of their corners – Sandeep Narwal and Fazel Atrachali. They entered in the playoffs with a four match unbeaten streak and continued their superb form in the Eliminators. They thrashed UP Yoddha 46-38.




PKL 2019: U Mumba record

Win: 13

Lost: 8

Tie: 2




Best Raider: Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh has emerged as a lead raider for U Mumba, scoring 16 raid points in the Eliminator and completed 150 raid points this season. He has scored nine Super 10s, including three Super raids at an average of 7.55. Abhishek was ably supported by a young raider Arjun Deshwal, who scored 15 raid points in the Eliminator 2 against Haryana Steelers.


Best defender: Fazel Atrachali

U Mumba skipper Fazel Atrachali has six tackle points against Bengal with just three unsuccessful tackles. In contrast, Surinder Singh has 10 unsuccessful tackles and just four tackle points (tackle strike rate 29). Sandeep Narwal hasn’t been able to establish himself against Bengal. Fazel Atrachali is at the top of the PKL 2019 defenders leaderboard with 81 tackle points in 23 matches.


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