Kohli lauds India victory as one to remember

Virat Kohli revelled in a "very special win" and hailed fellow centurion Kedar Jadhav after India recovered spectacularly from 63-4 to chase down 351 and win the first one-day international against England in Pune.

England were in command of proceedings on Sunday when they followed up a powerful batting display by picking up four wickets in the first 12 overs of the hosts' chase.

However, Kohli (122) and hometown hero Jadhav (120) then shared a wonderful, counter-attacking partnership of exactly 200 - in just 24.3 overs - to completely turn the game on its head.

Although both batsmen departed in quick succession, India completed a three-wicket win with 11 balls unused and the skipper was understandably thrilled at the post-match presentation.

"This one's going to take a while to sink in," said Kohli.

"We've chased 350 plus in the past, but that's been [with] a good start at the top and then momentum right through. When you're 62-4 [sic], there are not many times you're going to chase down 350 runs with four quicks in the opposition. This is a very, very special win for us."

As he lauded the efforts of Jadhav, Kohli insisted he had never lost faith in India's ability to rescue victory from a perilous position.

"The moment Kedar came to the crease, he started hitting the ball really well," added the skipper. "I said: 'If we get to 150-4, they're going to press the panic button - watch'. Because the wicket was good. The kind of shots you can play on this wicket can demoralise the opposition.

"The way he [Jadhav] batted was absolutely terrific. Not at one stage did he look unsure of what he wanted to do. It was a brilliant knock - some of the shots he was playing, I was in awe. It's a partnership I'll remember for a long time.

"Once we got momentum, then we just backed ourselves to the hilt. We always thought that we can win from any situation."

Jadhav added: "Obviously it's a great feeling that I could win a game for my country in front of my home crowd, when my family was here - my mum, dad, my wife, my daughter.

"If you can make your team win and your country proud, that's the biggest feeling you can get. The captain, Virat Kohli, has done it so many times for the country and he has shown how to chase big totals. Today was the chance to get runs and watch Virat from the other end, so it was a special day for me."

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