Feels good to kick off with win: Virat Kohli

Jul 25, 2013, 01:25 IST | IANS

Skipper Virat Kohli was a happy man as India kicked off the five-match series with a convincing six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first ODI at the Harare Sports Club here yesterday.

“Happy with the win. Always good to kick off a tour with a win and personally I was happy with the way I played. The ball was moving around a bit early on and it was all about percentage cricket, rotating the strike and then playing your shots at the end,” said Kohli, who was adjudged man of the match for his sublime 115.

Kohli and debutant Ambati Rayudu, who remained unbeaten on 63, set the foundation of the win with their 159-run stand for the third-wicket as India achieved the target of 229 with 31 balls to spare.

Kohli was all praise for Rayudu, who made his international debut 10 years after his first ‘A’ tour.  “Congratulations to Ambati Rayudu, he’s got an India call-up after a long time and he’s grabbed his opportunity very well,” said Kohli. 

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