India vs Australia: Virat Kohli says not worrying about milestones has led him to 30 ODI tons

Virat Kohli said that he gives 120 per cent every time he steps on to the field and that he thinks is more important to him than the personal landmarks

PTI, Sep,16 2017

Chennai: Think less about an impending three-figure mark and it might mean that you will reach the milestone more often than not, is India captain Virat Kohli's mantra while batting.

Kohli curently is jointly second highest in terms of century with 30 tons to his credit in 50-overs along with Ricky Ponting. Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with 49 hundreds.

File image of India's captain Virat Kohli celebrating his 30th ODI ton. AP

File image of India's captain Virat Kohli celebrating his 30th ODI ton. AP

Asked if these staggering numbers that he has racked up over the years, play on his mind, he replied: "I don't play for the three-figure mark, maybe that's why I end up crossing it more. Because I am not thinking about it. So I don't put myself under pressure in terms of I need to achieve a landmark. For me, what's most important is to win the match for the team."

Kohli does not mind being stranded on 98 or 99 if it helps his team win the match.

"As I said before even if I am 98 not out or 99 not out, I don't mind, as long as I win the game. In that process, things end up happening because you want to stay till the end. So my motivation has never been that, it will never be that."

The skipper stressed that his philosophy will always remain as long as he plays top flight cricket.

"Whatever time I play, 8 years, 10 years or 12 years whatever it is, I will never think of that because it just doesn't come to me naturally. For me, what's most important is how can I help the team win with the bat in the field, giving my 120 per cent every time I step on to the field and preparing accordingly that I think is more important to me than the personal landmark," he said.

Published Date: Sep 16, 2017 | Updated Date: Sep 16, 2017




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