India was bowled out for 223 runs in the first innings in the decider test match. Virat Kohli played a crucial knock of 79 runs which is why India was able to put on some decent runs. It was a hard-fought innings by the Indian captain as he took 201 balls and left plenty of balls outside of his stump. He did manage to score 12 boundaries and one six which also included his favorite cover drive.
Speaking to Star Sports Network, Gambhir appeared mighty impressed with the way Virat carried his innings. “Virat Kohli left behind his ego in the kit bag and this knock reminds me of his very successful tour of England, where he got beaten many times but left a lot of deliveries outside off-stump,” Gambhir said while talking to Star sports.
The innings was one of the slowest by Virat Kohli. India although got a good start from Mayank Agarwal and K L Rahul but lost both of them quickly within a span of 6 balls. Kohli then forged a partnership with Pujara and played a waiting game, capitalized on the balls which were on his pads, and played some delightful cover drives of the bowling of Rabada. “Today, in the same way, he left deliveries outside off-stump, he got beaten as well but kept his ego with himself. He did not try to dominate the bowlers on every delivery,” he added.
It was in 2014 that Kohli had a horrendous tour of England. But the batsman came back strongly and scored plenty of runs in the 2018 tour although India lost the series. South Africa finished the day with 17 for one. Jasprit Bumrah was able to provide a breakthrough with the wicket of Dean Elgar who has been in fine form throughout the series. The home side will resume the day with their night-watchman Keshav Maharaj along with Aiden Markram.