Will take 'hell of an effort' to match 'great' Tendulkar's record: Kohli

Will take 'hell of an effort' to match 'great' Tendulkar's record: Kohli

None of Sri Lanka's four half-centuries in the series have come at quicker than a run-a-ball. We always thought the shorter format is going to be much more challenging. "That's not something that you aim for but obviously, he's a great player and as batsmen, we all respect what these legends have done". "So from the last game in West Indies to now we've won six, that's something that we wanted to address which we did in this series". Rohit Sharma's astonishing performance, Kohli also collected huge number of runs and MS Dhoni's unique form are the key factors which proved India's batting efforts in this match. Jasprit Bumrah has spearheaded the bowling attack which brought success to the team India. We have worked on it. He led India to a third series sweep while the visitors had also sealed a series sweep in the Tests.

We look at the key talking points of India's impressive victory as Sri Lanka were whitewashed for the first time in their own backyard. Almost half the number of runs he has scored in his ODI career have come in successful run chases, with 17 of his 30 ODI centuries helping him in that endeavour.

Shikhar Dhawan will miss the match as he will be flying to India to attend to his ailing mother. This match is struggling for consistency alongside the stability with players coming in and out.

Perhaps the most glaring aspect of this series, and the Test series before this, has been Sri Lanka's inability to compete with India even in their own home conditions.

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Virat's 30th century has now left him level with Ricky Ponting with only Sachin Tendulkar (49) ahead in the all-time ODI list.

Sri Lanka had chased down India's 322 in the Champions Trophy in June, so a few hoped for a miracle, though this time the team had to go after the mammoth target without Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera and Asela Gunaratne.

However, Lahiru Thirimanne (67) and Angelo Mathews (55) steadied the innings and they took the hosts on course of a big first-inning score. "This is one aspect we need to rectify", he added. When the team came back to Colombo for the last two ODIs, the fans found a new way of showing their discontent - they started giving the cold shoulder.

He had till today shared the record - 99 - with Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka.

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