After nearly two years, fans were expecting a ton of Kohli when he crossed the half-century. The Indian skipper had to play the waiting game as the pitch was doing a lot for the bowlers. Eventually, after scoring 79 runs, Kohli got out as he chased a wide one of Kagiso Rabada but the captain had done what was expected of him. Gautam Gambhir praised the Indian skipper for leaving his ego behind and now the former Pakistani cricketer has also lauded Kohli for his masterful innings
Salman Butt, in his Youtube channel, commended Kohli for his innings. “The pitch was doing a lot. Some balls bounced unexpectedly and Kohli took a few blows on his body also. So it was grit and determination shown by the Indian captain. He got beaten off the good balls but he capitalized on the balls which came in his zone. Only a few players in World Cricket play such kind of classy shots which Kohli displayed today.”
“He wasn’t able to make a hundred but this inning was no less than a masterclass one” Butt continued. Kohli came at a time when India lost quick wickets of K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Apart from Kohli, Pujara contributed with his 43 runs and Pant scored 27 runs. Ajinkya Rahane got out cheaply once again. Shardul Thakur looked in his usual attacking mode when he dispatched a six on the offside. The all-rounder smashes Maharaj for a backfoot four but then gave a soft catch to the fielder at silly mid-off.
Eyes will be on Indian bowlers today, especially Jasprit Burmah who was disappointed after getting out on a bouncer of Rabada. The Indian pacer gave some stern words at the stump microphone during the last test match in Johannesburg. The bowler has already got a breakthrough for India in the form of Dean Elgar. South Africa will resume their innings with Keshav Maharaj and Aiden Markram.