Dhaka, Mar 19: Virat Kohli, who steered India to a six-wicket victory over Pakistan in the Asia Cup on Sunday, has said that he did think of reaching double century.
"At one point, looking at the scoreboard the thought of getting a double century did cross my mind," Kohli, who made 183, said after the match.
Kohli's 183 was the fourth joint highest individual score by an Indian in ODIs. He joined captain MS Dhoni (183 not out) and Sourav Ganguly (183) in the list headed by Virender Sehwag (219). The second and third spots are occupied by Sachin Tendulkar with 200 not out and 186.
The Indian vice-captain's brilliant knock ensured India stayed in the hunt for a final berth of the Asia Cup. When Kohli was on 171, India needed 30 more runs to win, chasing a mammoth 330 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Kohli, however, fell at 183 with India needing just 12 runs from 18 balls. India then reached the target in 48.5 overs.
The Delhi batsman said it was important for India to win than concentrating on his double century, which has been achieved only twice in ODI history. Tendulkar was the first batsman to register a 200 and Sehwag broke that record last year with a 219 against West Indies.
"But it was just for a second. I immediately told myself 'what am I thinking?' and refocused on the job at hand, which was to help India win," Kohli said.