Not even a single Indian batsman scored more than 30 runs and Virat Kohli single-handedly scored 149. The only reason he did not score more than that was the fact that for a larger part of the innings he was only left with the company of the tailenders. The Indian Captain came in when Sam Curran had his beast-mode on and had wickets falling all around him, but the captain took it up his chin and decided to just focus on his target.
Yes, Dawid Malan dropped him at 21 but they always said- “Cricket is a great equaliser”. Sometimes things go your way, sometimes they don’t but it’s important to keep moving on and so did Kohli! There was a time when India had lost 7 wickets with just 169 on the board, still, around 120 runs away from England’s total of 287. It was a great opportunity for England to seal it right there and for the critics to start talking about the fact that India still can’t win in England.
Kohli had made a promise before the tour that India is not going to back down and while his troops did, King Kohli did not. He rather played fire with fire and took it upon himself to play 4/5 balls in an over and then take a single to protect his partner. The fact that he could do it so easily certainly spoke volumes of his abilities.
Even though many expect more than surface level initiatives from Virat Kohli, when the score read 182-8, not many would have expected India to just trail by 13 when it was all done and dusted. By the end of it, people actually started expecting India to take a lead. Such is the class of the great Virat Kohli. India carried on the momentum even in the 2nd innings where Ashwin got his bunny Cook, one more time with another ripper of a delivery. Everyone has been tweeting about the Indian Captain’s innings ever since, and one of them was the man himself, the Master Blaster- Sir Sachin Tendulkar.
The former right-handed batsman from India resorted to the micro-blogging site and appreciated the importance of Virat Kohli’s knock. Tendulkar also took the opportunity to congratulate Kohli for yet another test century. While we leave you with Sachin Tendulkar’s special tweet, Cric Crak wishes more power to Virat Kohli and is excited to see how the rest of the series pans out.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 2, 2018