IND vs AUS: Virat Kohli ends his 40-month-long wait, celebrates 28th Test century in style
Virat Kohli’s 28th Test century on Sunday during the final Test against Australia at Ahmedabad was a testament to his patience and adaptability. Known for his aggressive stroke play, Kohli curbed his natural instincts and adopted a defensive approach, which proved to be a winning strategy as he notched up his 75th international ton. It took Kohli 241 balls to bring up his century, which was laced with five boundaries.
This century also marked the end of Kohli’s century drought in Test cricket, as the 34-year-old had hit his last Test century against Bangladesh in 2019 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Kohli’s performance was a masterclass in perseverance and adaptability, and it showcased his ability to adjust his game to suit the situation
On Saturday, as Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed, the crowd erupted into chants of ‘Kohli, Kohli.’ The former India captain strode out to bat, joining the young and well-set Shubman Gill. Together, they notched up an impressive 58-run stand before Shubman Gill fell for a well-made 128. To everyone’s surprise, Ravindra Jadeja then walked out to bat with Kohli. The two saw India off to stumps on Day three, with Kohli unbeaten on 59*.
Virat Kohli looked unflustered, batting in zen mode, while Jadeja unfortunately played a shocking shot and perished for 28. At the time of filing this report, Bharat was gone for 44, with Lyon getting the better of the wicketkeeper. However, India remains in control of the game at 400 for five. Kohli looks focused and ready to carry on now that the monkey is off his back.
With time still left in the Test and a WTC final spot at stake, there is everything to play for here.