With a Test series against Australia starting on March 1, South Africa have rested all their likely Test players with the exception of AB de Villiers. Amassing a staggering 558 runs in six games at a brilliant average of 186, Kohli finished the series as the top run scorer of the series and also became the only captain to have scored more than 500 runs in an ODI series.
"His hunger for runs and desperation to finish games is up there with the best in the world".
"You want to lead from the front with your performances", said Kohli. "But if you are thinking about being ahead of someone else then you will be found out very soon by this game and you are compromising on what the team needs as well". I can never do that because as I said, this is a job for me. If I take it for granted, it's not giving justice to what I'm given by god. "My wife (Anushka Sharma) who keeps me motivated deserves a lot of credit. Have some compassion. She has always given me positivity".
Dhoni reached the mark after a shorter delivery down the leg side from Shardul Thakur in the seventh over of South Africa's innings got a nick of Hashim Amla's glove as the wicketkeeper completed the formality.
Aiden Markram, who was appointed as South Africa's stand-in skipper in absence of injured Faf du Plessis, has admitted that leading the national side in the recently-held unsuccessful ODI series against India was "tough".
Despite India holding a series-winning 4-1 lead, Thakur was the only change to a winning combination, replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Shardul Thakur, who last played against Sri Lanka a year ago, finished with a spell of 4-52.
The Indian skipper praised Indian team players, especially two wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzendra Chahal who knocked-out South African batsmen at their best in their home ground. In South Africa, the match will be telecasted on Sky Sports channel. Kohli was duly asked about his feeling to be the best batsman in the world now.
India's middle-order collapsed after a fiery start as South Africa won the third Twenty20 global by five wickets to keep the five-match series alive, here today.
"I will be honest with you‚ at this stage I don't feel like competing with anyone but it's all about how I prepare myself before games‚ my work ethic and how I feel on game day‚" he said. "We were just outplayed again", Markram said following the sixth and final match. If I was in your position I know what I would be doing tomorrow.