After being outplayed by the Proteas in all three departments in the first test at Cape Town, India needed to make a strong comeback to make any sort of statement playing against the mighty South Africans in their own backyard. In what seemed Virat Kohli’s biggest game as captain of the side, the Indian skipper proved all his critics wrong by scoring a breathtaking hundred on the 3rd day of the 2nd test match at the Supersports Park in Centurion which saw him becoming only the second Indian captain to score a century in the rainbow nation after Sachin Tendulkar.
Virat Kohli led by example on a track on which the other Indian batsmen found it really difficult to get going, helping his team edge closer to the South African first innings total, giving India a glimmer of hope in the test match after a relatively poor show from the rest of the batting line up. He brought up the three figure mark in the 67th over of the Indian innings when he nudged a ball bowled by Lungi Ngidi towards mid on and celebrated in style while taking the run, jumping in joy and punching the air in delight. The celebration was however cut short when Kohli sensed the possibility of another run when the ball went off for an overthrow.
The entire team members, including Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, stood up to applaud Kohli’s effort on a pitch which was difficult to bat on. This hundred was important from his personal perspective after all the criticism he had received in the first test match.
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Kohli celebrates after reaching a superb century! pic.twitter.com/Jv6wpSXS1K
— Utkarsh Bhatla (@UtkarshBhatla) January 15, 2018