Virat Kohli’s desperation to win is something to learn, says Aiden Markram
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Virat Kohli’s desperation to win is something to learn, says Aiden Markram

Virat Kohli was the difference maker for the Indian cricketer team, according to South Africa captain Aiden Markram after his team was defeated in the 6th ODI in Centurion on Friday.

cricket Updated: Feb 17, 2018 14:52 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times, Centurion
South Africa vs India,Virat Kohli,Aiden Markram
Virat Kohli scored his 35th century to guide India to a comfortable win over South Africa in Centurion on Friday.(AP)

Smarting under the humiliating series loss, South Africa’s young captain Aiden Markram agreed with coach Ottis Gibson’s views that he hasn’t been able to play his natural game. Markram also felt that Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli had made all the difference. (HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD)

“He’s (Gibson) got full right to say that just by watching with the naked eye. I wasn’t playing the usual game I do play, and whether that be due to various pressure or not being in the zone or in the moment is probably the reason. He’s spot-on with what he says, we did chat about it and today when I was batting, I was in a more comfortable space. I felt I was structuring my innings how I would if I was batting in a franchise game. It’s very late in the series but it’s a positive that I was able to overcome that obstacle. It’s moving in the right direction I suppose,” he added.

Admitting that he seemed to have wilted under pressure, Markram said, “Look there’s a lot of pressure. As an individual, I set high standards for myself, and not having done well this series there was that form of pressure as well. So there are various forms of pressure - captaincy is juatst one of them. But like I mentioned it is pressure I enjoy and I’d like to enjoy it more in the future.”

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While the bowlers hadn’t been able to take wickets up front, South African batsmen have let the team down. Like Amla on Thursday, Markram too felt the batsmen had to be blamed more for the loss.

“As a batting unit we haven’t paced our innings well. Faf did it well in the first game. But since then we haven’t constructed our innings well as a unit. It’s because of pressures to perform, to try level the series, various pressures. I’m a firm believer that as a unit or an individual, once you can feel it once, you get a blueprint and you can go from that. So it’s just one innings away from us as a batting unit, to see who plays what role and get the ball rolling.”

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With 558 runs, Virat Kohli was in sublime form as he led his team to a massive victory. Markram said that the India skipper stood between his side and victory. He added that he could learn a few things from the India skipper.

“His desperation to win games for his side is massive. That desperation is shown when he bats - he doesn’t just get his side close to the line, he gets them over it, as we saw again tonight. So there are a lot of things I can learn from him. There are a lot of things I can learn from their team as a whole. He made a massive difference. He’s obviously in incredible touch and showing it. His hunger for runs and desperation to finish games is up there with the very best.”

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 08:48 IST