Virat Kohli puts in a masterclass at Cape Town displaying sheer grit
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(Cricket news) Virat Kohli's long wait for 71st ton continues but his innings of 79 will be remembered as one of the best of his career. The Indian skipper was the lone wolf for India in many ways and displayed grit, determination and discipline. Kohli was the lone warrior for India in the 1st innings of the Cape Town Test.
Kohli came in when his side were 2 down for 33 for 2. The overcast conditions combined with the bouncy pitch and the fast bowling prowess of South Africa made it tough for batting. Virat Kohli was very watchful and didn't chase balls outside off stump. It took him 16 balls to get off the mark with a fantastic trademark cover drive. Kohli and Pujara put together a 62 run partnership which more or less rescued the Indian innings. Virat Kohli batted and scored 79 runs in 201 balls as India were bowled out for 223 runs.
Kohli's battle with Kagiso Rabada displayed Test cricket of the highest class. Rabada was the one who eventually got Kohli out chasing a ball outside off. Things would've been different had someone stuck with Kohli for a little longer. Virat Kohli tweaked a few technical things where he didn't look to chase deliveries on 4th/5th stump lines which were seen in his footwork. He did put the bad balls away with some exquisite strokes as he hit 12 boundaries and a maximum.
Kohli has had problems with wide deliveries for a while and this could be the innings that turns it around. Before the series new head coach Rahul Dravid said that Virat Kohli is one good innings away from getting back in form and this could be that innings. Kohli could have a massive role to play in the 2nd innings after which there are the ODIs. Now that he doesn't have to worry about captaincy in white ball, Kohli can concentrate on his batting.