Virat Kohli credits bowlers for historic series win over Sri Lanka
India captain Virat Kohli has lavished praise on his bowlers after his side secured a historic 2-1 series over Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday.
India registered their first Test series win on Sri Lankan soil in 22 years after defeating the hosts by 117 runs on the fifth day of the decisive third and final match at the Sinhalese Sports Club.
“The five-bowler theory or the four bowlers and one all-rounder theory is something that has worked for us in this series. As I said you need to take 20 wickets to win a Test match. The way they have bowled in partnerships in this series has been something that has stood out for me,” a delighted Kohli said in a post match conference.
Kohli, who claimed his first full-fledged series win as captain, also stressed that the communication between his bowlers has immensely contributed to the team’s success.
“As a captain, making changes and watching guys bowling in partnerships have been pleasing because it makes your job very easy. The communication among all the bowlers has helped. I think this series belongs to the bowlers. They have been really outstanding,” added Kohli.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he claimed four wickets, while pace spearhead Ishant Sharma returned figures of 3-32.
Ashwin was also adjudged as the Man of the Series for taking 21 wickets in the entire series.Earlier, the three-match Test series was pegged at 1-1 after India claimed a 278-run win in the second match at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo. Sri Lanka won the opening Test match in Galle by 63 runs.