Throwdown specialists gave us world-class practice: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India



NEW DELHI: Back in form with three hundreds in four innings, former captain Virat Kohli credited throwdown specialists Dayanand Garani, Nuwan Seneviratne and D Raghvendra for making Team India batters look better with world-class practice through relentless deliveries.
“In my honest opinion, all three of them have given us world-class practice every time we play. They challenge us in the nets like anyone 145 or 150 kmph pace bowlers would do in the game. They always try to get us out and make sure that they test us regularly.”

“At times, it feels very intense. For me that has been the difference in my career to be very honest. From where I was as a cricketer before I started getting this kind of practice to where I am today.”
“A lot of credit has go to these guys, who have given us practice regularly and I am sure Shubman will also feel the same. Their contribution has been unbelievable. You guys should remember their names and faces because, behind our success, a lot of effort has been put in by these guys. Thank you to all for your very, very honest efforts which have helped us,” said Kohli in a video posted on bcci.tv.

Raghavendra, referred to as Raghu in the Indian cricket circles, has been associated with the team for a long time as a throwdown specialist. Garani started as a throwdown specialist with Indian team after working with Punjab Kings while Seneviratne was roped in as a throwdown specialist in 2018 to help Indian batsmen counter left-arm fast-bowling.
Opener Shubman Gill also praised the throwdown specialists. “These three guys combined would have had 1200 to 1500 wickets very easily. They put in a lot of hard work and prepare us for all kinds of conditions we need to practice in heading into the match. These are the people who give us the confidence that we can perform at this level.”

Kohli and Gill helped themselves to classy hundreds against a hapless Sri Lankan bowling attack to help India pile up 390 for five in 50 overs in the inconsequential third ODI of the series.
Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar‘s record for most ODI centuries on home soil with his 21st hundred in India and remained unbeaten on 166 (110 balls, 13×4, 8×6). Gill made 116 (97 balls, 14×4, 2×6) with some exquisite strokeplay.
The two put together a 131-run stand for the second wicket off just 84 balls.
(With inputs from IANS)

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