Before the start of the tour, all the talk of the town was about Virat Kohli’s final frontier. He had a torrid time in the previous tour in 2014. But time has passed and the man has achieved greater heights. Come 2018, first Test and the first innings, a Virat Kohli hundred in England Tests was on show.
It didn’t take him long to stamp his authority in the country that has been raising question marks over his greatness. Virat Kohli hundred in England Tests has silenced the critics who used to term him a flat track bully. Yes, he got a couple of lives on his way to three-figures but what matters is that he capitalized on those chances and went on to play perhaps the best innings of his Test career.
When he walked out to bat, India had lost 2 wickets for 54 and very soon, it was down to 59/3. The ball was moving around aided by the overcast conditions. James Anderson, the bowler who had given Kohli plenty of troubles, was steaming in. The typical English conditions were presented to him but this time around, he was adamant to make a mark.
The wickets kept falling from the other end and India were getting themselves deeper into trouble. He had reached his half-century but the score was down to 182/8 as the visitors were staring down the barrel of a gun. England’s score of 287 was far away. That’s when Kohli decided enough was enough and it was time for him to take center stage.
The Indian captain farmed the strike beautifully with Ishant Sharma at the other end. He went into ODI mode and looked for the boundaries. Pretty quickly, he moved to 97 but there was another twist in the tail. Ishant was trapped in front by Adil Rashid and it seemed that Kohli would be left stranded without a hundred.
But Umesh Yadav hung in there and Kohli finally brought up his first hundred on England soil in Tests. It was Kohli versus England from that point onwards. He kept smashing the bowlers and the partnership for the last wicket yielded 57 runs out of which Yadav had contributed for a solitary run.
Kohli was on the charge but in the hunt for big shots, he got out to Rashid for 149. The deficit was reduced to just 13 runs which meant that the game hung in the balance at stumps on day 2. India’s innings was all about Kohli who ended up scoring more than half the team runs. Whether or not India win the match, this Virat Kohli hundred will remain one of his specials.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the first Virat Kohli hundred in England Tests:
Below are some tweets on Virat Kohli hundred in England Tests including Sachin Tendulkar and the heart touching tweet of Lata Mangeshkar .
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 2, 2018
A masterclass from Virat Kohli, leading from the front. A display of tremendous character determination and grit #ENGIND
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 2, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 2, 2018
The great players eventually overturn aberrations in their stats. Kohli has just done that.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 2, 2018
Outstanding ? from Kohli
— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) August 2, 2018
Namaskar @imVkohli. Aaj aapne kamal khel ka pradarshan kiya hai. Khush rahiye,jeete rahiye.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 2, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 2, 2018
Brilliant knock from Kohli. Well played. #ENGvIND
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) August 2, 2018
For one of the best stroke players in the world, this Virat 100 was about ‘not’ playing strokes.
Left 40 balls alone. 26 against Anderson. That’s more than 4 overs of Anderson left alone!
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) August 2, 2018
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 2, 2018
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) August 2, 2018
This man proves himself again and again with such crucial knocks. A hundred and that too playing with the tail which is not an easy task at all. Required a lot of patience and determination. What a player! @imVkohli #ENDvIND
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) August 2, 2018
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 2, 2018
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 2, 2018
— Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) August 2, 2018
First Century. First of Many. Well played, Virat Kohli. Best batsman on the planet. #EngvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 2, 2018
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) August 2, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 2, 2018
— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) August 2, 2018
— Tino95 (@tinobest) August 2, 2018
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) August 2, 2018