Cricket: Kohli shows teammates how it’s done

By AFP
Published: January 27, 2012

The 23-year-old Virat Kohli, playing his eighth Test, hit his maiden ton and India’s only century of the series. PHOTO: AFP

ADELAIDE: Australia took a 382-run lead after dismissing India cheaply and opting to bat again on the third day of the fourth Test.

Virat Kohli hit his maiden Test century and India’s first of the series with a defiant 116 as the tourists, facing a series washout, mustered 272 in reply to Australia’s imposing 604 for seven declared.At stumps, Australia were 50 for three.

Earlier, Kohli showed India’s garlanded senior batsmen how it should be done by scoring a plucky maiden century in his eighth Test. He was almost run out on 99 as he frantically searched for the clinching run to raise triple figures and had to be restrained by Ricky Ponting after comments were exchanged with other Australia players.

“Ben Hilfenhaus said something to me that was totally unnecessary, he wasn’t even bowling or anything,” said Kohli.

“I survived and he said something I can’t repeat, I gave it back to him. Then Ishant Sharma and I both started saying stuff and they got really pissed, I guess. I like to play my cricket like that. I like to give it back.”

Peter Siddle, who claimed a five-for including the prized scalps of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, played down talk of ‘banter’.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 27th, 2012.

Reader Comments (2)

  • Amir
    Jan 27, 2012 - 4:45AM

    Tendulker is sold in media for a very high price then he should be, he is a legend whose journey down hill has started already, expecting a century from him when the rest of the team is struggling hard is not fair, lets give the little master some room to recover from a total failure in Australia.

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  • Shashank Mishra
    Jan 27, 2012 - 10:38AM

    @Amir:
    Sure he is a legend and if u r saying that his journey downhill has started than see past how many times he has proved “your type of thinking” wrong. Its just a nervous 99 issue sometimes while making a century and this time while making century of century.

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