Virat Kohli killed us softly – New Zealand coach Mike Hesson
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said Virat Kohli “softly killed” them as the Indian captain combined with Ajinkya Rahane to torment the Kiwis bowlers in the third Test.
“(It was) high quality batting, took a good delivery to create half chances. Went through long periods of play where we reeled out a lot of plans, stuck to our game well, but we were worn down. Kohli killed us softly, is the nicest way of describing it, after scoring about 120 singles (out of his career best score of 211),” said Hesson.
However, he also looked at the positive side and said his team had stuck to the task well.
Riding on Virat Kohli’s brilliant 211 and Ajinkya Rahane’s 188, the hosts posted a formidable total of 557 for 5 before declaring their innings. In reply, the New Zealand openers managed to see off a tricky nine-over period, but the visitors will have their work cut out on the third day.
“A tough day but, sounds funny, also a satisfying day in terms of the standards we set. Our seam bowlers delivering 30 overs, 135-140kmph at times, in heat and humidity. At no stage did we roll over and give soft runs. I thought it was a high quality Test cricket. We contributed to that with our bowling,” Hesson added.
He said the team tried out a lot many things to break the fourth wicket stand.
“At 100 for 3 on a very slow surface we had got ourselves in a nice position but Virat in particular yesterday was very composed around how he played. There was one half chance but outside of that it was faultless.
211 by Virat Kohli is the third highest score ever by an Indian captain in Tests, after 224 by MS Dhoni in 2013 and 217 by Sachin Tendulkar in 1999