Kohli nearly overtakes Pujara: The Indian captain was involved in a hilarious moment when he nearly overtook Pujara while running.
During the second day of the first Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia at Melbourne, India captain Virat Kohli nearly overtook Cheteshwar Pujara while the duo was running between the wickets.
In what went down as a hysterical moment, it spoke highly of Kohli’s fitness. Arguably the best in the business, Kohli has put on display such instances of his elite fitness in the past as well.
It happened on the fourth delivery of the 120th over when Kohli clipped a Pat Cummins delivery towards the deep mid-wicket region. Swift as he is, Kohli was interested in coming back for the fourth run as the ball didn’t have the legs to reach the boundary.
However, Pujara, a slow runner, had merely completed his third run and was clearly seen refusing the fourth one. It was mature of Kohli to not run the fourth run as it would have been converted into a mix-up.
Having resumed batting from yesterday, the duo stitched a 170-run stand for the third wicket. While there might be criticism regarding the respective strike rates of both the players, there is no hiding to the fact that they build a strong foundation for the others to follow.
Given the varying bounce which the pitch is experiencing, India have the opportunity to post a formidable total in their first innings. With Australia slated to bat fourth in the match, things are highly likely of becoming all the more difficult for them.
Watch the full video of Pujara refusing the fourth run:
That slow mate that can’t keep up with you between wickets 🐢🐢🐢
— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) December 27, 2018
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on the match below:
3rd new ball is the best ever 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 27, 2018
peter siddle hasn’t bowled a ball in the series, but has made a telling contribution #AUSvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 27, 2018
As Rohit Sharma adds another Test fifty to his name, can’t help but feel bad for Hanuma Vihari.
(Sorry Rohit army)#AUSvIND
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) December 27, 2018
— Cricket Network (@CricketNetwork) December 27, 2018