Virat Kohli, whose unbeaten 133 guided India to a seven-wicket victory
over Sri Lanka in a crunch cricket tri-series match on Tuesday, termed his
86-ball knock as the best of his international career.
"It has to be the best innings of my career. The kind of situation we were
in, chasing 320 and also we needed bonus points, so it was a crunch game
and to play an innings like that at the right time, I felt it was a great
innings for me," Kohli told reporters after the match.
Asked if the innings will answer his critics, Kohli said it was more about
proving a point to himself.
"Critics will always be there, the innings was more of proving a point to
myself. It was like if you play well, we can take the team to victory. So
it really feels nice to play that sort of an innings.
"Before my innings in Perth, I was thinking about what we going on in the
media but after that I stopped watching news. I told myself to think
positive and that there is no good reason not to score run. I kept
believing and I think that was the key," he added.
Kohli's unbeaten knock helped India to not only overhaul Lanka's 320 in
36.4 overs but also bag the much-needed bonus point to stay afloat in the
tournament and the middle-order batsman said the win was very important
for the team.
"When you have one game to play, you need to give everything and we were
able to do that and we can be satisfied," he said.
"It is important to win like that after the sort of tour we had so far in
Australia. We will take a lot of positives from this match when we will
look back; it was like telling each of us that we can take a bit from this
win. It shows this team can play like this at any point of time."
The 23-year-old vowed to play with the same intensity if India reach the
finals against Australia.
"If we reach the final, we will be as expressive as today, we will not be
hesitant and we will play like we did today," he said.
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