Rohit Sharma and India skipper Virat Kohli were instrumental in India's series win against New Zealand in Kanpur. While Rohit brought up his 15th ODI century, Kohli was in his elements too as he soon got to his 32nd ODI ton and second of the series that propelled the hosts to a big first innings score of 337 for 6 for the Kiwis to chase. Although the visitors came close enough to chase down the total but at the end fell just six runs short of the target.
This was India's seventh bilateral series win on a trot and Kohli's seventh successive series victory, most by any Indian captain. Rohit and Kohli added 230 runs for the second wicket and after the match got over, both the Indian captain and vice-captain got together off the field to have a one-on-one conversation with the microphone in hand.
BCCI tweeted a picture of both of them together and uploaded the link of the video where both are seen engrossed in a conversation with a caption, "VIDEO: @imVkohli & @ImRo45 speak about the team's satisfying series win & their batting bromance."
Here are the excerpts of the conversation:
Virat Kohli: Another nice series win for us. I have the man-of-the-match with me and the guy I really like batting with. Well done on your hundred Rohit. How does it feel when it comes off in an important match? It was our fourth double-hundred partnership (in ODIs), may be many more in future.
Rohit Sharma: Absolutely, much more in future. I look forward to that. When you play at this level, to keep up the consistency level is hard and tough. But, we as players always work towards it and we want to be consistent as much as possible. For me, it's been very simple.
Whenever I get an opportunity in the middle, I want to express myself. Since I have started opening the batting, it was all about giving the team a good start. Of course, the score at the end matters but for me bringing the team to a good position and laying the platform for our middle-order to come and explode later on, that is something I always try to do. When you are in good form you always tend to go hard and put pressure on the bowlers.
The first few games we played, it did not come off but today (Sunday) I was quite determined to get the partnership going and it was important for us as it was the series decider. Glad we did not get run-out. We had a mishap couple of times in the middle but we stuck in the middle quite well, we rotated the strike well. It is always fun batting with you.
Virat Kohli: Generally when we play together we don't have to say much because we both understand where the game is going. We both think for the team so it's always great batting with him because you don't have to say much. We know if we play our games then the team will benefit and we can score big runs because we both want to play long.
Our bowlers and how we pulled back things in the second half? I felt really proud because a lot of times we have given it away before but today in a crunch game which will help us in big tournaments in the future, we really did the job.
Rohit Sharma: Absolutely. When you win games like this it gives you confidence as a bowling unit. We know it won't be easy for the bowlers considering the dew factor. The bowlers were courageous in whatever they did and planned. Tactically they stuck to their plans. We saw that, again and again, our bowling unit coming and delivering for us.
Especially against Australia in the last series, we were put under pressure many a times but these guys came back really well and that is the hallmark of this team. We always try and come back from the situation we are put in. When you want to be a champion team we need to come back and try and find a way to come back into the game. There will be times when you will be put under pressure, there will be big partnerships and things like that but I think our bowlers, especially spinners, have got us back into the game consistently. With so much dew, we knew it would be challenging for the spinners but they were courageous as I said and they were never afraid of executing their plans.
Virat Kohli: It was a great day all-in-all for us. Another special day for us to remember on a personal level and as a team as well. Four double-hundred partnerships now and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. It is always amazing to watch this guy bat from the other end and really love batting with him.