Test ton in Australia boosted my confidence: Kohli

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Published: Sunday, July 22, 2012, 15:50 [IST]
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'Ton in Australia boosted my confidence'

Hambantota, Jul 22: After scripting Indian victory over Sri Lanka on Saturday, Virat Kohli said his maiden Test century in Australia earlier this year was a real confidence booster and his current rich form is the result of that hundred in Adelaide.

Kohli scored 106 in Hambantota in the first One Day International against Sri Lanka and India won by 21 runs in the day and night contest. The right-hander picked up the Man-of-the-Match award for his 12th ODI ton.

"Doing well in Australia, a strong side, really boosted my confidence, and that Test hundred really helped. You get maximum satisfaction when you score runs in Test cricket. I got confident about my game," Kohli said in his post-match comments on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old hit 116 against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in January this year. It was his maiden Test hundred.

The Indian vice-captain said he was working hard on his batting and added "God has been kind" to him.

"God's been kind, I've been working hard. Hopefully I can be consistent for the team this season. Performing for my country is the biggest thing for me, and I try to give my best out there for the team," he said after registering his fourth hundred in five ODI innings.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jaywardene said they left it late in the chase of 315.

"We've got some big-hitters at the end, but we left too much for them to do. Too many mistakes, against a quality side like India. It was important for us to set up a platform, Sanga was trying to build an innings. We never had momentum going into the last 10 overs," Jayawrdene said.

Indian captain MS Dhoni felt the team's bowling in the final overs needed improvement.

"The death bowling for us needs to improve. Zak (Zaheer Khan) was good, one good positive was Irfan Pathan doing well. Without (Ravindra) Jadeja or Yuvraj (Singh), it is difficult to make a side balanced in both departments so this was important. It's a good learning experience for the younger bowlers," he said.


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