Only Tendulkar (5,490) and Ponting (4,186) have scored more runs in winning chases, while Kohli tops the list of century-makers (Tendulkar is second with 14). Sri Lanka Cricket has accepted their resignation.
Sri Lanka are now ranked seventh in the world in test cricket and eighth in the 50 and 20-over formats, in both of which they have won World Cups.
Virat Kohli and co continued their dominance in Sri Lanka as they defeated the hosts by 168 runs in the fourth ODI here on Thursday. This will be for the first time India will have to post a total to Sri Lanka to chase. "It is something that happens in sport, there will be ups and downs". When KL Rahul failed to keep a flick down off Dananjaya in the 38th over, Sri Lanka had done as much damage limitation as they could have hoped for. And this was something he set about rectifying.
Incidentally, Dhoni got a single off the penultimate delivery of the 50th over as he remained stranded on 49 not out - one short of what could have been his 100th global half-century. It will basically feature the bottom four sides as per the latest ODI team rankings, top-four teams from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top-two nations ICC World Cricket League.
Courtesy skipper Kohli's 29th ODI hundred and his 219-run second-wicket stand with an in-form Rohit, India were able to lay the foundation for a massive total. "The start was really, really important", he said.
"In fact, we are in the process of updating numerous archaic laws in other areas as well". The questions are endless and the only answer is through sheer hard work and dedication and not merely by luck as many people have attributed. Lower down, Dhoni has been a steely presence, which has allowed the likes of Rohit, Pandey and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to flourish. "The experience that he has in the middle & the lower middle order, no one has that".
WICKET! Hardik Pandya strikes as he removes Lahiru Thirimanne, thanks to a fantastic catch by Shikhar Dhawan. "That's what I talked with him". The game is scheduled to commence at 2:30 AM according to the local time. He will get used to it. "You will always remain our captain", said Kohli before handing Dhoni the framed memento.
The India captain has already hinted that he wants to rotate players and chinaman Kuldeep may get a look-in. His next 19 balls brought him 31 runs, and he seemed unstoppable when he fell to one of the most innocuous balls he faced all day: a wide, full ball from Malinga that he slapped straight to sweeper cover. Today's match will surely affect the Sri Lanks if they Loses or If they Win the game, they need to crack 5th Series also.