India’s batting sensation Virat Kohli might have achieved a rare milestone when he joined West Indian great Viv Richards as the fastest to reach the 5000-run mark in ODI cricket, but the flamboyant right-hander insisted he still has a long way to go.
Although delighted to share the feat with Richards, Kohli said he never approaches a game thinking about records.
“I was told in Bangalore during the last ODI (about the record) but I did not really remember it because I do not approach a game thinking about records. I said to myself that if you bat well, along the way these milestones are bound to happen,” he said at the post match press conference after India defeated West Indies by six wickets in the first ODI of the three-match series in Kochi.
“To equal a feat with a player like him (Richards) is a very good feeling but it does not stop here because it is more or less the beginning. It is nice to equal his record but still there is a long way to go,” a confident Kohli said.
The Indian vice-captain smashed a classy 84 and along with Rohit Sharma (72) put on a 133-run stand for the second wicket to set the platform for a comfortable win.
Kohli said the wicket was not easy to bat on but it became better as the match progressed.
“There was variable bounce on the wicket in the first innings. Compared to that, it was better in the second innings. But the wicket was slow and the ball was turning. It was a flat batting wicket and was on the slower side,” he said.