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Kohli: '2019 a great year for Indian cricket'
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Kohli: '2019 a great year for Indian cricket'

Virat Kohli termed 2019 ‘a great year’ for Indian cricket after they ended the year on a high note with a win over West Indies in the final ODI to clinch the series 2-1.

The skipper himself struck a sublime 85 in Cuttack which laid out a solid foundation in pursuit of 316.

India ended the year as top-ranked Test side and second in ODIs. According to Kohli, the only regret has been their defeat in World Cup semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford this year.

"Apart from the 30 minutes in the World Cup, it's been a great year," Kohli said after his team's win in Cuttack.

"We'll keep chasing that ICC trophy. But apart from that, the way we've played has been satisfying."

India currently sit on top of the ICC world Test championship table with handing series defeats to West Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh.

It was a prolific year for Kohli as well, who ended the year with 1,377 runs in 26 ODIs, behind Rohit Sharma who dominated the list with 1490 runs with seven centuries to his name.

But it was India's fast bowlers who grabbed the attention away from their spinners on slower wickets in India.

Kohli heaped a lot of praise on fast bowling battery despite the absence of world class Jasprit Bumrah, who had to sit out with a stress fracture since September.

"Having a bunch of fast bowlers who can bowl out any opposition anywhere, them taking the attention away from the spinners in India is a huge achievement," said Kohli.

India will now host Sri Lanka for a three-match T20I series starting January 5 followed by playing Australia at home for three ODIs from January 14.

Their next overseas assignment will be against New Zealand in January-February where they will play five T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests.