Kohli Shows his Class in 3rd Test Against New Zealand
Indore couldn’t have asked for a better start to its Test career than the biggest name in modern Indian cricket lighting up the occasion with a sensational century. At the end of the first day, Kohli is still unbeaten on 103 with Ajinkya Rahane on course for a ton too, 79 not out presently, with India sitting pretty on 267/3.
On a difficult pitch, there were a couple of more anxious moments—an outside-edge off Patel and a leading edge off Neesham during the brief period when reverse swing made an appearance—as Kohli’s innings progressed, but he gradually got into his grove.
The century also silenced all the cynical whispers resulting from his low run of scores while also helping India take control of the third Test.
When Virat Kohli came out to bat today, India were 60 for two. New Zealand were just beginning to exert control with the ball and were bowling well to their plans. But Kohli was determined to play a longer innings. India were in need of someone to direct them towards a big first innings total.
If New Zealand had been allowed to go through their plans, India could have much worse by the end of the day, but Kohli thwarted their plans and put India in a great position in the third test.