Rajkot hits Rahul's best in international cricket: Virat Kohli

RAJKOT: captain of India virat Kohli said on Friday that KL Rahul The entries in the second ODI against Australia were the best internationally so far.

Arriving at number 5, Rahul crushed 80 of 52 balls to give India a much needed push in the last 10 overs that saw them publish an imposing 340/6 in 50 overs. In response, Australia won 304 in 49.1 surpasses.

Kohli returned to his usual position number 3 after degrading himself to number 4 in the first ODI on Tuesday that India lost by 10 wickets.

Kohli, who managed to score only 16 in the first ODI, reached 78 of 76 deliveries and shared a 103-race stand with Shikhar Dhawan (96 of 90) before adding 78 runs with Rahul.

We live in the days of social networks and the panic button was pressed too soon, Kohli said about the response to his decision to degrade in the first ODI.

It is important not to leave someone like KL out. You saw how he hit today. It is probably the best he has played internationally. The coup showed maturity and class, and we know exactly what we are doing in the locker room, Kohli said at the post-game presentation ceremony.

Rahul was also effective behind the stumps, taking two catches and firing the captain of Australia Aaron Finch With a strong stump.

When you play well, it also filters through your other abilities. Keeping like that KL certainly gives us another option to think about. He is becoming a multidimensional player, and it's really great when players take such a step, Kohli said.

The Indian captain also said that Rohit Sharma He should be fit for the final ODI in Bengaluru on Sunday. Rohit sat in the last innings of the Australian innings with what looked like a shoulder injury.

I asked Rohit briefly just now. It's that left shoulder that has come out several times. There are no tears, so I hope he comes back for the next game, he said.

Shikhar Dhawan fell four runs short of his hundred on Friday in what was his third fifty-plus score on the trot in international cricket.

In ODI cricket, Shikhar has been one of our most consistent players. I am very happy that he has scored races. He always predicts a good result when he and Rohit score runs, Kohli said.

India leveled the three-game series with a 36-run victory in Rajkot and the decisive final ODI will be played at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.