While the Men in Blue have continuously reckoned on their dominance by winning all five matches played in the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2023, New Zealand is just a step behind them after it faced a single stunning defeat against India only. The two teams have been absolutely brilliant since the beginning and have almost secured their places in the semi-final clashes of the tournament.
Speaking about IND vs. NZ, India concluded a breathtaking win against the Black Caps after having opted to field first. The Men in Blue bowled out New Zealand for 273 and efficiently managed to chase off the target in 48 overs. Though New Zealand were off to a rocky start in the beginning of the first innings, they played masterfully in the middling overs. On the other hand, team India went on a flying start as the second inning began; they could be seen struggling thereafter after Rohit Sharma got dismissed.
The King, always there to chase
All hail to Indian star cricketer Virat Kohli, who has always bid the runs for team India under pressure. This time also, he was successfully able to attain the target with the help of India’s middle-order line-up. Kohli went on a run spree and chased 95 runs in total.
While speaking about his extraordinary chase in a Star Sports show named “Follow the Blues”, he remarked, “I have always worked on how I can be better myself every day, every practice session, every year, and every season. So, that is what has helped me play for this long and perform. I don’t think it is possible to perform consistently without having that mindset, because if performance is your goal, then one can get satisfied after a while and stop working on their game.”
Betterment over excellence
Kohli went on further to add that he has always focused on improving himself every day rather than being excellent. “It has always been my motto to chase betterment, I would say, and not excellence, because I honestly don’t know what the definition of excellence is. There is no limit to it, nor is there a set standard that, when you reach here, you have achieved excellence.”
There is no doubt that the king is adored by everyone, even international fans out there, for his unwavering dedication to the sport and anything he does. Kohli is all set to break legend Sachin Tendulkar‘s record of 49 ODI centuries, as the 34-year-old batter is just a century away now. India will be taking on England on October 29 in Lucknow.