As soon as India’s tour of South Africa was announced, it seemed like this would be Virat Kohli’s biggest Test as a batsman and as a captain.
India’s grand home season was a massive one for Virat Kohli, with him scoring runs for fun and captaining the side with immense intensity.
But for India, the problem has always been away tours(for most teams actually), with scars of those two 4-0 whitewashes still lingering around.
Virat Kohli had made it very clear right from the outset that this Indian team was not going there just to complete the numbers. Kohli knew that this time had the balance and the mindset to compete against the South Africans.
And Virat Kohli led from his example today, bringing up his 21st Test century on a track that posed some demons for the batsmen, and where all other Indian batsmen found it relatively tough to get going.
Kohli though batted like a dream, caressing those cover drives, unleashing those on drives and picking off balls off his pads for fun.
And with all the criticism that he came his way after the first Test, this is a huge achievement for the Indian captain.
Virat Kohli nudged the ball away to the leg side and took for that single, jumping in joy during the run itself, and then taking off for another one after the ball went for an overthrow.
Check out the video:
Kohli celebrates after reaching a superb century! pic.twitter.com/Jv6wpSXS1K
— Utkarsh Bhatla (@UtkarshBhatla) January 15, 2018
India have lost Hardik Pandya, after he committed one of the worst mistakes while taking a run(or even while being sent back).