Team India captain Virat Kohli will be highly disappointed himself after failing to convert the start in the first Test against South Africa on Boxing Day at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Kohli scored 35 runs during his 94-ball vigil as India dominated day 1 of the 1st Test.
Kohli landed in South Africa after being sacked as ODI captain and a point to prove amid all the captaincy rumours. He came out to bat at the expense of Cheteshwar Pujara, who got out for a first-ball duck. Virat Kohli looked a man with a purpose from the first ball, playing his shots under the head and from the middle of the bat.
Kohli played some breathtaking short during his 35-run knock, including four glorious boundaries. The talismanic batsman was seen played his trademark cover drive off Kagiso Rabada in the 61st over. Kohli leaned on the ball perfectly to place the ball between the point and the cover fielder as it raced to the boundary like a tracer bullet.
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However, Virat Kohli’s vigil didn’t last long as he got out while chasing a wayward delivery off Lungi Ngidi, who was the pick of the South African bowlers on day 1.
Meanwhile, India rode onto a fantastic century from KL Rahul to put the home side on the backfoot on the first day of the Boxing Day Test. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal put up a 100+ stand to give India a perfect platform after opting to bat first.
Although South Africa made a comeback with two quick wickets but Virat Kohli aided well with Rahul to put the visitors on the front foot before the Indian skipper departed after a well-made 35. Reeling at 1993/3, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane added another 73 runs to head back to the dressing room at 272/3 with Rahul unbeaten at 122 runs.