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Who Said What: World reacts to Virat Kohli's 35th ODI century and India's stunning victory

Arvind Sriram
SENIOR ANALYST
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18.94K   //    16 Feb 2018, 23:29 IST

3rd Momentum ODI: South Africa v India
There is simply no stopping this man

Virat Kohli's 35th ODI ton sealed another convincing win for India, who walk away 5-1 winners in the series. While Kohli's blistering knock stole the show, it was the bowlers who set up the victory for the visitors.

Shardul Thakur who returned to the side at the expense of Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed the two openers and returned to bag two more at the death, finishing with figures of 4/52.

Chahal picked up the crucial wicket of de Villiers after which the South African batting collapsed, skittled out for just 204.

In reply, India lost Rohit Sharma early but Kohli took matters into his own hands, demolishing the Proteas attack en route to yet another century and helping India complete the chase with eight wickets to spare.

For his superlative effort right through the series, Kohli was also named the Man of the Series.

Here is how the cricketing fraternity reacted to India's incredible win:

Virat Kohli: It was a day where I felt really good. Last game I wasn't in the right mindset. Just decided to start timing the ball. Beautiful place to bat under lights. They had to try something. I like setting up for the short ball as well. It was a blessing to get so many short balls up front. They kept bowling short. In the day it was really slow. At night time the ball came on beautifully.

It's been a roller-coaster tour till now. People who contribute off the field they deserve a lot of credit as well. My wife who keeps me motivated deserves a lot of credit. You want to lead from the front with your performances. It's a wonderful feeling. I got 8-9 years left in my career. I want to make the most of it. It's a blessing from God that I'm healthy. Three T20Is to go, tour is not over yet. The first two Tests we weren't happy with ourselves. Couldn't take the game to the opposition. Didn't take a backward step since Johannesburg. I was here, having lost the series, and speaking to you. And now I'm here, having won the series, and speaking to you. Been a wonderful turnaround.

Aiden Markram: Quite a tough series. Something we have to look back at. Try to find the reasoning of why we haven't been as good as we should be. If you look at them, their players have cashed in. That's how you learn as a young captain. If there's a time to learn, now would be it. It's a couple of months away still. Nice break away from this format. Not a bad thing we have a break from 50-over cricket.

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