On a tricky pitch that has been running against England since day 1 of the second test, Indian captain Virat Kohli put on a brilliant show with the bat in the second inning. After being fired for a duck in India’s first inning, Kohli came out of the fray in his team’s second essay with wickets falling around him, but he remained vigilant and, along with an aggressive Ravichandran Ashwin, stacked up the misery the visitors, extending India’s lead. to nearly 400 runs before being ambushed by Moeen Ali.
Several current and former players praised Kohli for his “masterclass” as he dropped anchor and showed great technique and temperament to rebuild India’s inning.
“Sometimes in Test Cricket a 50 you earn in challenging conditions and the situation will be more satisfying than a 200 you earn on a flat pitch. I’m sure this is one of those innings for @imVkohli. on a bend track, ‘tweeted former Indian batsman VVS Laxman.
“He’s the top hitter in the game of cricket right now,” wrote former England captain Kevin Pietersen, who tagged Kohli.
“He may not get 100, but this @ imVkohli innings has been a masterclass on this field … it’s already 100 batting balls that all coaches should show players how to play on a beach …” tweeted another former England captain Michael Vaughan.
“@imVkohli is showing his absolute class. You can definitely score runs on this wicket … you just have to be really good,” wrote former England cricket player Matt Prior.
“Heroic innings on this field !! Master at work,” wrote former Bengali captain Manoj Tiwary.
Sometimes in Test Cricket a 50 you earn in challenging conditions and the situation will be more satisfying than a 200 you earn on a flat roll. I’m sure this is one of those innings @imVkohli A master class on how to play on a spinning track. #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/8NYs7fTMAk
– VVS Laxman (@ VVSLaxman281) February 15, 2021
England have not chosen their best team so I cannot complain.
Missing Jimmy, BIG TIME!
– Kevin Pietersen (@ KP24) February 15, 2021
– Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 15, 2021
– Matt Prior (@ MattPrior13) February 15, 2021
– MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) February 15, 2021
Kohli was eventually fired for 62, with India on 202/7, after taking a 195 run lead in the first innings.
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