Once again Indian Cricket captain Virat Kohli emerged as a saviour for the team India when the team needed the most. The captain delivered a brilliant knock on the second day of the first Test against England cricket team. He gifted the host country and himself his 22nd Test century and his first century in England.
In a match played in England, the cricketer scored 149 runs and pull up the team's sorry score for the country. To complete his 149, Kohli smashed 22 fours and a six and showed a brilliant game management on the playground.
His outstanding performance on the field garnered him a standing ovation around Edgbaston. He received standing ovation not only from the audience of the match but Twitterati also showering him with praises. He has been receiving applauds also as India ended their innings on the second day with only 274 runs.
Check the reactions of Twitteratis on Kohli for smashing his first Test century in England:
India batting coach Sanjay Bangar on the performance of Kohli said, "He (Kohli) showed discipline I felt. At no instance did he reach out for the ball, and probably a couple of our other batsmen reached out, which caused their downfall. But that is something which we’ve been speaking of, practising quite a lot. And on days, these things come off and on certain days those things don’t come out as a batter. Definitely, the batsmen are aware and are taking all efforts to correct the errors."
The former all-rounder further said, “He’s a versatile player. At times, quality players keep on assessing their own games and where they want to progress. The awareness that is required under certain conditions, but he does that really well. Again, discipline. When he bats in that fashion, he more often than not gets the team into good positions. Passing an individual landmark doesn’t mean much to him, more than that if it’s a good day for him, he makes sure it’s a great day for him and the team. That’s why he got 149 and it narrowed down the gap beautifully."
The batting coach further added, “Nowadays we see video analysis of each and every player. The opposition can easily put finger on what lacunae a particular player has. So you have to know your shortcomings, keep working on it and stay a step ahead. Virat’s pursuit is for excellence and he keeps working on his craft. So this knock gives immense satisfaction to him.”
Bangar also advised new players to learn a few tricks looking at Kohli’s innings, “If the ball is swinging or turning, it poses a different challenge and you need to guts it out in the middle. There were batsmen on either side who did that – Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow and from our side the openers showed a lot of gumption in the first 10-12 overs and then you saw how Virat had to play through various phases where run making wasn’t that easy.”