Virat Kohli, the star batsman of Team India, showcased his batting prowess in his 500th international appearance during the ongoing second Test against the West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval. On the second day, Virat Kohli notched up his 29th century, scoring 121 runs in an impressive innings of 206 balls. However, he was run out by Alzarri Joseph’s direct hit in the 99th over of India’s innings.
Attempting to defend a delivery from left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, Kohli managed only an inside edge, and the ball went towards Joseph at square leg. With a quick and precise throw, Joseph left Kohli short of his crease, leading to his dismissal. Although Kohli is renowned for his quick running between the wickets and is considered one of the swiftest runners in world cricket, this was only the third time he had been run out in his 111-match Test career.
Kohli’s partnership with Ravindra Jadeja was crucial, as they added 159 runs for the fifth wicket, putting the Men in Blue in a commanding position. During the opening day of the Test match in Trinidad, Kohli was in brilliant form, and he even made a playful comment after the 72nd over of India’s innings.
“Stealing doubles since 2012” -Virat Kohli’s cheeky remark caught by the stump mic on Day 1
Virat Kohli : Stealing doubles since 2012 🤣🤣😂😂 pic.twitter.com/VRqcUbs9iy
— flick (@133notout) July 20, 2023
He humorously reminded the West Indies of his ability to convert singles into doubles, saying, “Stealing doubles since 2012.” A video capturing this light-hearted moment quickly went viral on social media. Throughout the two-match series, Kohli displayed exceptional form. In the first Test, he played a crucial innings, scoring 76 runs, and continued his impressive run with a stunning century in the second and final fixture.
Overall, Kohli’s performance in his 500th international match was a testament to his batting prowess and his ability to excel under pressure. Despite the unfortunate run-out, his contribution was instrumental in Team India’s strong position in the Test match.
Cricket enthusiasts around the world continue to admire and celebrate the achievements of this cricketing maestro.