I would like to take responsibility of the team: Kohli

Updated: 09 June 2011 11:33 IST

Steering India to a seven-wicket win over the West Indies in the second ODI on Wednesday, Virat Kohli said if needed he would like to take the responsibility of the team.

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Steering India to a seven-wicket win over the West Indies in the second ODI on Wednesday, Virat Kohli said if needed he would like to take the responsibility of the team.

With his first half-century in the West Indies in ODIs Kohli completed his 2,000 runs in ODIs, totalling 2037 at an average of 44.28, including five hundreds, in 56 matches.

Kohli's feat of completing 2,000 runs in 53 innings is the third fastest by an Indian in ODIs, behind Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sourav Ganguly. Both took 52 innings each for the milestone.

"The last 18 months have gone well for me, I've started to enjoy the batting a lot more. It's a good feeling to get to 2000 runs and I'd like to take responsibility of the team if needed at any point of time," he added.

Overcoming the disappointment in the first ODI, Man-of-the-Match Kohli gave credit to the seniors for their advice.

"I was disappointed getting out in the last game, but did well today. Parthiv played amazingly well and we had a good partnership up front," Kohli said.

"I spoke to seniors who suggested I use the pace of the ball, more than force the shots trying to hit the ball too hard," he added

India are now leading 2-0 in the five-match series. The visitors will take on West Indies on Saturday in the third one-dayer at North Sound.

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy blamed the batsmen for failing to capitalise on a good start after his team succumbed to a seven-wicket defeat against India.

Sammy said his batsmen showed intent but could not bat through and eventually fell short by about 30 runs at the Queen's Park Oval here.

"We put ourselves in a good position but we didn't capitalise in the end. We were about 30 runs short. We rotated the strike better today, but we didn't get one of the top batsmen to bat through," Sammy said after the match last night.

"We were on the back foot in the latter part of the overs, losing wickets at regular intervals. The intent from the batsmen was good initially.

"Samuels has been out for a while, but we saw how well he was batting.

(With PTI inputs)

Topics : Cricket India West Indies India in West Indies, 2011 Virat Kohli
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