Indian run-machine Virat Kohli has stated that the “huge difference” that the team’s throwdown three of D. Raghvendra, Nuwan Seneviratne, and Dayanand Garani has made to his batting is because of them.
The throwdown specialists utilise a sidearm, which is a cricketing equipment in the shape of a long spoon, to hurl the ball at high speed (in the range of 140-150kmph), in order to test the batters while they are at the nets.
When we play, all three of them have provided us with practise that is of the highest calibre. They bowl at 145 or 150 kilometres per hour, which is a difficulty for us in the nets. They are constantly working to get us out of here and make sure that they test us on a consistent basis.
” Kohli said to young Indian opener Shubman Gill after the third and final one-day international match against Sri Lanka was played in Thiruvananthapuram. The conversation took place on BCCI.tv.
“There are times when it seems to be really intense. To tell you the truth, that is the factor that has made the most impact in my professional life…. From where I was as a cricketer before I started getting this kind of practise to where I am today.”
Raghavendra, who hails from Karnataka and is more commonly referred to as “Raghu,” joined the BCCI after playing for the National Cricket Academy and was the first player to represent Team India.
The batting savant Sachin Tendulkar and the former captain of the Indian team, MS Dhoni, were frequent targets of his verbal assaults.
After that, in 2018, India brought in Seneviratne, a left-handed Sri Lankan pacer, to assist them in training for left-arm bowlers.
Dayanand, a civic volunteer in the Kolkata Police Department who was previously with Kings XI Punjab, was brought on by Team India after Raghu tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020. Since that time, Dayanand has become a permanent member of the support team.
“A significant portion of the credit is due to these people since they have consistently provided us with practise, and their contribution has been unimaginable.
“You guys should remember their names and faces because a lot of effort has been put in by these folks behind our achievement,” Kohli added. “Behind our success, a lot of effort has been put in by these guys.”
While Gill was conducting an interview with Virat Kohli, he was quick to add, “These three combined would have got 1200 to 1500 wickets.”
They prepare us for every conceivable scenario before we play the match. India won the one-day international series 3-0, with Virat Kohli scoring two hundreds throughout the three games. The last one-day international was won by India by a score of 317 runs against Sri Lanka.
“It’s been a terrific start,” Kohli remarked, calling it a perfect beginning to the year leading up to the ODI World Cup. It’s been quite some time since I had such a good start to the year… earning a hundred, then scoring two hundreds in the series, and then becoming the Man of the Series.
“All I can say is that I am overjoyed that in this year of the World Cup, I am able to get off to such a good start, and I am certain that I can maintain this level of play. “Most of the time, when I get off to a good start and I begin to feel confident, things end up working out,” he remarked.
You guys have been really outstanding up top, and the team as a whole is really coming together as a batting unit.” After that, Kohli proceeded to congratulate Gill for reaching his first century at home. Gill converted his start to make a superb 116 off of 97 balls, and Kohli was impressed with his performance.
“Congratulations on reaching one hundred for the first time in India. You had earned a point in the first match that you played. You also played extraordinarily well today, and the future holds many more opportunities for you to do so, both at home and on the road.
“I had a lot of fun taking turns at bat with Shubman. On numerous occasions, we haven’t batted for very long at all. But today was the day when we had a solid partnership, and that really helped the team as well,” said Kohli. “It was a terrific day all around.”
Together, the two batsmen contributed 131 runs to India’s enormous score of 390/5 before the loss of the second wicket, which allowed Sri Lanka to be bowled out for 73.
“It was a bummer to get out in the first one-day international. I had high hopes for myself going into the battle, but sadly, it did not go as planned (could not).
I was playing well in Kolkata as well, but I was unable to capitalise on the strong beginning I had. Aaj yahi tha ki agar start milta hai to lamba jaane ki koshish karunga (Today I just wanted to take it deep). I have had the feeling, particularly in test matches, that I could have left a little of a run there.
Gill attributed Kohli’s ability to motivate him and shift the pace of the match to Kohli’s words to him during the middle of the game, saying, “While we were in the middle, you told me that today I am going to score big and you changed the rhythm right from the get go.”