Kohli is starting to become India’s must-watch batsman in all formats of the game
Being one of the top upcoming young batsman in the international game, Virat Kohli has already made a name for himself in the limited overs format, and after having scored two centuries and two half centuries in his last five Test innings, he is slowly becoming the face of India in the longer format as well.
During the second Test against New Zealand at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, Kohli registered yet another century, which he admitted felt much better than scoring a hundred in any of the other formats.
“It’s always satisfying to get a Test hundred, people asked me this earlier as well, which hundred is most special to you and I said the hundred in Adelaide against Australia. I didn’t have that feeling ever in my life, before or after – and I felt it today again. I think that is the most satisfying, when you’re being tested and your patience is being tested, your technique is tested and you manage to score a hundred – it always pleases a batsman,” Kohli said.
However, Kohli soon perished after scoring his century when he was given out lbw off the bowling of New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee.
“That was the only ball in my innings in which I didn’t look at the bowler’s hand. That ball he bowled crossed seam and I didn’t look. That was a lapse in concentration and you just need one to get out in international cricket. Again, it’s a lesson for me to be learnt and hopefully when I cross that 100 mark next time I can make it a big one,” Kohli said.
One major feature of Kohli’s century was his cool composure and patience he showed throughout his innings, and he stated that he was working on developing these attributes for the future.
“In the first Test I thought I played too many attacking shots because we hadn’t played any practice match and we were playing a Test after seven months, personally, I thought it was difficult to adapt suddenly. And then we batted first too. Unless you have played some practice games and are in that mindset – that makes a difference. In the first Test, my bat went instinctively for some shots, but it wasn’t my intention to play the ball. So I worked on that for this game. I thought that they would bowl in the areas that I have got out before and try to get me hitting in the gaps. So like I did in Australia where I let the bowler come to me, I thought I’ll leave the ball more and defend more,” Kohli added.
With India recently losing Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, who were two of their most prolific batting veterans, all eyes will be on Kohli and the other young batsman in the squad to patch up the hole in the middle order that has been a major problem in the past couple of months for India.