Virat Kohli Shows The World What Sheer Determination And Class Can Achieve


New Delhi: On a day when other batsmen of India failed to show spine as they caved in against rookie left-arm pacer Sam Curran, Ben Stokes and James Anderson, Kohli showed what sheer determination and class can achieve.

With this, Virat Kohli ended a four-year debate about his ability to negotiate swing and seam to win a sensational personal battle and for his team on a dramatic second day of the Edgbaston Test against England on Thursday.

England had been put up as the Indian skipper’s final frontier after failures on his first tour to a country where seaming conditions make life difficult even for the most experienced.

He won a monumental battle against Anderson, at 36 still a potent force in seaming conditions and who made Kohli’s life difficult after Curran and Stokes together had left India reeling.

Kohli hit a magnificent 149 (225 balls, 22x4, 1x6) before being the last man out to take India within 13 runs of England’s first innings total after they were all out for 274 in the final 30 minutes of play.

R Ashwin then produced an identical delivery as in the first innings to bowl England opener Alastair Cook for nought, leaving the hosts at 9/1 at stumps to cap a dramatic day for India.

It was a sensational tussle as Anderson bowled 15 overs, separated by lunch and one over by leg-spinner Adil Rashid. In that phase, Kohli faced 43 of his deliveries, and played only two scoring shots, to see off the toughest phase.

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