Indian captain Virat Kohli in one single knock buried the ghosts of his previous failures of the 2014 England tour. Kohli surpassed the total number of runs he scored (134) on the entire 2014 tour in one single special innings. He was once again the class apart and single-handedly took India (274 all out) in the close range of England’s score of 287.
Virat Kohli scored a magnificent century of 149 runs that proved the dominance of Kohli in World cricket. England fast bowler Sam Curran, playing only the second test match of his career, got the real glimpse of Indian captain. Sam Curran was simply superb as he took the wickets of Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in quick succession. But as time and time again, Virat Kohli stood up for the challenge. Sam Curran calls the innings of Virat Kohli as an eye-opener.
It was an eye-opener for me, says Sam Curran
Speaking with the press after second day’s play, England fast bowler Sam Curran says watching Indian captain batting was an eye-opener for him. “We had them 100 for 5 and felt in the game then Virat played really well with their tail and frustrated us a little bit. I’m only in my second game, but I think it was a little eye-opener for watching the way he bats and how precise you’ve got to be with your lengths”, says Sam Curran who finished his first innings figures with 4 for 74.
The fast bowler, however, also adds that the Indian captain got lucky as he was dropped on 21 by Dawid Malan. “He did nick a lot of balls outside off-stump that didn’t carry as well. We stuck to our plans very well against him, and on another day they would carry”, further quotes Sam Curran.
With Virat Kohli again stood between the opposition bowlers and the team, he has managed to put India into the respectable position. Without Kohli, India would have never made it to the position they are currently in and it is Virat Kohli who is the man with the difference.