Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli was once again caught behind, trying to play that expansive cover drive of his. The Indian captain was facing just the first ball after Lunch and Sunil Gavaskar was hoping that Virat Kohli would be more focused than what he was while facing that delivery.
This brings about another failure in Virat Kohli trying to reach that elusive international hundred in the last two years. Here is what Sunil Gavaskar had to say while commentating on Star Sports about Virat Kohli’s wicket:
“You’ve got to say that was a loose shot, first ball after lunch. Every batsman, when he resumes, gives himself a little time, particularly in Test cricket – gives himself a little time to get his feet moving.”
Maybe Virat Kohli wanted to get quick runs for declaration: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar tried to add a rational reason to what Virat Kohli was thinking while going at the very first delivery after Lunch from Marco Jansen. He felt that with the weather forecast not that great for the final day, India maybe needed some quick runs so that they could declare that bit earlier. Gavaskar feels maybe that was the reason why Kohli was so eager to get quick runs.
“Any interval, even if it’s a short four-minute drinks interval, after that you’ve still got to reset your batting. Kohli is such an experienced batsman but maybe at the back of his mind, he is looking to get quick runs, so that the declaration can be done,” Gavaskar added.
India’s lead is already swelling up and nearing the 300-run mark. With more tricks being played by the pitch as the game goes on, batting will only get tougher in the final innings for South Africa.
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