Team India batter Virat Kohli’s batting prowess was on display during the fourth and final Test against Australia in the 2023 Border Gavaskar Trophy on Sunday, March 12 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. He ended his century drought in Test cricket, with a fantastic knock in the innings.
Virat Kohli walked out to bat at number four, when India was at 187/2, trailing by 293 runs. He and Shubman Gill put together a decent partnership for team India. The duo added 58 runs for the third-wicket stand. After Gill’s dismissal, Kohli had good partnerships with Ravindra Jadeja and KS Bharat. They took Team India to a formidable position in the match.
In the 139th over, Virat Kohli flicked Nathan Lyon for a single to get to his century. This is his 28th century in Test cricket, while 75th across formats. The batter was struggling to get a big score in red-ball cricket for India for a long time. Previously, his last test century was against Bangladesh in 2019. The former India skipper has broken the shackles with his brilliant knock against Australia.
Let’s take a look at how fans reacted to Virat Kohli’s century against Australia in the fourth test of the 2023 Border Gavaskar Trophy:
This is Virat Kohli the batter. Has the power and the tools, and knows when to use what. Well played @imVkohli 👏🏽 #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/TSmEV2G2jD
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 12, 2023
The GOAT is back.
Welcome, King Kohli. The Greatest. pic.twitter.com/g3DqIQRbR0
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 12, 2023
That celebration from Virat Kohli, the reserved raise of the bat and the kiss to the wedding ring, after that century is a sign of where he seems to be in life & where his priorities are currently. Extremely mature & in love with his family #IndvAus
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) March 12, 2023
Good to see @imVkohli back scoring a Test ton .. Love watching him Bat .. Over 3 yrs since his last one .. My guess is a few might come along now .. #INDvAUS #Kohli #100
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 12, 2023
May not have had the chutzpah and sizzle of ild, but such a splendid century by #Kohli. Comes at a vital stage in his career, and also crucial in the context of the match with India looking to take a first innings lead. Well played! 👏👏
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 12, 2023
Been a long while coming… and it was always coming on this pitch. Not cos it's easier but cos Virat Kohli showed his class on tougher pitches in Delhi and Indore.
Still, a tough grind. A very welcome💯! #IndvAus
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) March 12, 2023
Welcome back Virat Kohli. This is a test century well received in many quarters. No 28👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) March 12, 2023
An innings marked by patience. And the wait has an inevitable end. #Kohli
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 12, 2023
King Kohli what a inning outstanding performance #ViratKohli #INDvsAUS4thTEST pic.twitter.com/ENqnIwTVYX
— Raj (@imRajky) March 12, 2023
"Seems like he is meditating in between the field with a bat"
28th in test cricket
What a calm and composed century for the king👑 GRIT COMPOSED DISCIPLINED
King Kohli supremacy 🛐#ViratKohli𓃵 #AUSvIND #KingKohli #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/VrGaCCI1sQ
— Abhishek Dave (@iamnotabhi) March 12, 2023
India heads closers to first-innings lead in Ahmedabad
Team India has managed to score 419 runs in 145 overs at the loss of five wickets so far. Virat Kohli is unbeaten on 110 runs, while Axar Patel has scored 14 runs. India trails by 61 runs in the first innings. Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, and Mohammed Shami are still to come out to bat.
Meanwhile, it is uncertain if Shreyas Iyer will be back on the field. He complained of lower back pain and was taken for scans. He hasn’t come out to bat for India in this innings so far. Earlier in the innings, Shubman Gill slammed 128 runs off 235 deliveries. India set the stage for Virat Kohli and others to help India take the first-innings lead.
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