Rayudu took stock along with Kohli after India lost their openers for 40 as the batting duo rebuilt the innings and counter-attack. Kohli is all set to become 5th Indian and 13th batsman overall to rack up 10,000 ODI runs. An elated Kohli also said that he never thought of reaching the landmark and his only focus was to contribute for the team. Kohli will be playing the full ODI series after having played two Test matches as per the 15-member squad announced by the BCCI on Thursday.
Opting to bat, Kohli fired 157 off 129 balls, while Ambati Rayudu, who is seen as the answer to the team's persistent problems at the number four slot by Kohli himself, made a fluent 73 off 80 deliveries. Virat Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar's record after he crossed 10000 run mark in 205 innings while Sachin took 259 innings to breach into this mark.
Bravo turned out in 40 Tests for West Indies, scoring 2200 runs at an average of 31, and taking 86 wickets at an average of almost 40. "We are here to win, we didn't come to just compete".
"As a player you are focused on the process and pushing hard for the team when you are down and out, pushing those 10-12 extra overs so that the team can benefit from it and the runs become more anyway", Kohli added.
Nicknamed "King Kohli", the prolific run-getter was dropped on 44 by his opposite number Jason Holder off debutant Obed McCoy and made full use of the reprieve.More news: 'I Am Bringing Out Military for This National Emergency' at Border
"However, I must accept that for me to preserve my longevity as a professional cricketer, I must do as others before have done, leave the worldwide arena for the next generation of players", he said.
He has also notched up 1,000 ODI runs in just 11 matches this year.
A big-hitter on the field and a hit DJ off it, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo Thursday retired from worldwide cricket to prolong his career as a professional player available for Twenty20 franchise events all over the world.
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The third match is slated for Saturday in Pune.