Virat Kohli made a clear adjustment to playing against spin in the second innings after getting out on a duck in the first innings of the second Test by Moeen Ali. He scored a defiant 62 and added a 96-run stand with Ravichandran Ashwin to help India get back into the game after they lost five wickets in the first session. Ashwin meanwhile, went on to get his fifth Test ton after Kohli was dismissed.
Meanwhile, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar was mighty impressed in the way that Virat Kohli played spin in the second innings. India resumed their innings from 56/1 on Day 3 and lost wickets in quick succession to be left reeling on 106/6 but Kohli remained unfazed on one end and displayed his class.
Meanwhile., Sunil Gavaskar explained as to how Virat Kohli dominated the England spinners in the second innings at the Chepauk, which started turning right from the first day.
Sunil Gavaskar Highlights Virat Kohli’s Change in Technique
“He played with a positive intent and when your team has got that belief then you come into bat despite the fact that you might not have scored runs in the first innings. But look at his intent. He is either going right forward or right back. When he comes forward, he is smothering the ball, and when he’s going back, he is giving himself time to see what the ball is doing,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports.
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin got to his fifth Test ton as India scored 286 in the second innings setting England a target of 482 to win. Mohammed Siraj was batting with him at the other end, when Ashwin got to his landmark on his home ground. Ashwin and Siraj added a 49-run stand which helped India get past 250-run mark in the second innings and stretch their lead well past 450.
Earlier in the game, Ravichandran Ashwin picked up five for 43 with the ball to limit England to 134 in their first innings. In the process, Ashwin went past a few records. He got to 200 left-handed dismissals and went past Harbhajan’s tally of 266 wickets at home.