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I relied on my reflexes: Virat Kohli

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Ranchi, January 19, 2013

India's star batsman Virat Kohli said he relied on his reflexes as he struck form with a fine unbeaten 77 to script a massive seven-wicket win over England in the third ODI here Saturday.

"I was batting well for a while, getting out in different ways, got a few good balls, made a few mistakes," said Kohli.
The Delhi boy said he didn't have any plans like he was having in the previous games.
"Today I just reacted to the way the ball was thrown at me. I did not have to pre-plan which I was doing in the previous games. I was relying on my reflexes. It was a difficult wicket, Finn gets the ball to seam on any wicket. Crowd support was brilliant," he said.
Local boy and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded the bowlers for the win.
"Bowlers did the job for us. It was important to take wickets with the new ball. 150-odd was not enough to defend for the English side. Gautam batted well with Virat, that was important as the ball was doing something," he said.
Dhoni also showered lavish praise on young pacers Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed.
"Most of the bowlers are new. Bhuvi and Shami have just got into the side. They will get a lot of confidence out of this," he said.
Asked if he was nervous when he went out to bat, Dhoni said: "Not really, I have played a lot of cricket here. Yuvi got out, so I got an opportunity to bat, at one stage it did not look if I would get to bat. I cannot say it was good that I got to bat, they will beat me in the dressing room. It is one of the best facilities. Execution is very important. Response from the people has been amazing. Everything went off well, we won the game, it was a perfect script."
England captain Alastair Cook said 155 was not enough.
"150 was nowhere near enough on that wicket. Credit to India. Not really going to defend that, unless it is a freak day. We did not get out to attacking shots, got out to defensive shots. It is frustrating, We have the potential, but we are not clicking at the moment. The ball skid on slightly better in the second innings, we knew that would happen," he said.
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