India vs England: Virat Kohli dedicates first century on English soil to Anushka Sharma

This innings will probably go down as one of the best Virat Kohli has played in whites. The conditions were overcast, the ball was hooping around corners

cricket Updated: Aug 03, 2018 09:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Virat Kohli,Anushka Sharma,Dawid Malan
India's captain Virat Kohli holds his wedding ring as he celebrates scoring his century on the second day of the first Test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham.(AFP)

The ball was wide on off stump, it was short, Virat Kohli was on 97, he waited on the backfoot, allowed the ball to come and then thrashed it away past point. Jos Buttler ran across, slid, missed the ball, and Kohli leapt, clenched fists pumping all over the place, an exult, and then out came that ring, that very marriage ring, he held it, kissed it and gestured towards the dressing room. It was for his wife, who according to him has calmed him down.

This innings will probably go down as one of the best the skipper has played in whites. The conditions were overcast, the ball was hooping around corners, the other batsmen kept faltering, kept tripping, and kept heading back to the pavilion.

Not Kohli!

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He held fort, curbed his natural instinct, no drives away from the body, no wafts outside the off stump. He was prepared to grind, prepared to wear down the bowlers. James Anderson ran in all day, the ball zipped past his bat all day, never found the edge, and when it did Dawid Malan dropped it.

It was just meant to be, the conditions were never easy, Test cricket was never designed to be easy and so Kohli took matters in his own hands.

134 runs in 10 innings back in 2014, questions slapped towards him, he answered them gainly, but he was wanted this innings, and when the conditions were tough he stood up and delivered.

India are still behind in the Test, but the captain has done more than his bit to keep them in with a chance. And then the celebration which by all means was planned and the images of which will resonate all over India for a long time.

First Published: Aug 03, 2018 08:37 IST