Second innings, 62 runs and 149 balls. When Virat Kohli returned to the pavilion after getting out, the scorecard was showing the same number. This figure looks quite different from the way Captain Kohli bats positively. And even why the circumstances were different and Kohli needed to play like this.
Team India’s position looks very strong in the second Test match of the series being played in Chennai against England. But the start of the third day was not as predictable. On the second day, India had returned to score 54 runs for 3 wickets in the second innings, but on the third day, three batsmen had returned to the pavilion, adding 11 runs to this score. 1 run was connected only when Cheteshwar Pujara was run out and then Rohit Sharma also went on this score.
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Kohli had not even opened the account. When Rishabh Pant came to bat before Ajinkya Rahane, it was clear that the team is trying to score fast runs but they too kept on scoring 8 runs. The pitch was turning. very much. Dust was blowing on every ball. Batting was not easy and it seemed that India would settle for a lower score in the second innings and the match could be exciting. But from here Kohli started showing why he is called the best batsman in the world.
Kohli started showing his passion. His strong technique against spin bowling came to the fore. He was going on the ball pitch and playing the ball lightly. During the commentary, legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar was telling how Kohli was going outside the off stump playing Moin Ali as the off-spinner’s ball would come in after he was hit by him, while for left-arm spinner Jack Leach, he was a little He was playing open so that he had more room to play the ball.
Kohli was defensive but not on the backfoot. Bad balls were not missed, but the best effort was to not lose the advantage of the 195-run lead earned in the first innings. He stayed and scored. He was joined by Ravichandran Ashwin. 96-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Ashwin.
How much this half-century of Kohli can be gauged from this tweet by cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle. Bhogle says that Kohli may have scored 27 Test centuries but there is no doubt in my mind that this half century will be heavy on many of them. This is great batting. Of the highest class.
On such a pitch, on which to score runs, it is very difficult to even stay away and on such a wicket, Kohli both work. Taking the whole foot out, play the ball parallel to the pitch and when given a chance, go back and cut or pull it. It is clear that Kohli kept playing according to the situation.
When it comes to playing spin bowling, VVS Laxman’s name comes in the top batsmen. The wrist wizard batsman also praised Kohli’s innings. He tweeted, ‘Half a century in challenging conditions gives you more than 200 satisfaction on a flat pitch. I am sure that this innings will be similar to Virat Kohli. This innings on this turning track is really fantastic.