Indian captain, Virat Kohli, doesn’t shy away himself from responsibilities. In fact, the better and bigger the challenge, the more are the runs generated from Kohli’s willow. Tough situations bring out the best out of him. Such was the case in Adelaide in 2014, when Kohli scored his seventh test century.
The fact that it was his first test as India captain made the occasion all the more special. Cricketers prefer certain grounds over the others. Call it the comfort that they feel after playing on a certain deck or just the co-incidence, different venues are termed as ‘favourite’ for different cricketers. Similar is the story with Kohli and Adelaide. The stylish batsman has scored three of his 17 test centuries at Adelaide. In other words, three centuries in two test matches.
During the first test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2014-15, Australian captain, Michael Clarke, won the toss and chose to bat. With centuries from David Warner (145), Clarke himself (128) and Steven Smith (162*), Australia posted 517-7 dec. in 120 overs.
In reply, India scored 444-10 in 116.4 overs on the back of Kohli’s seventh test century, 115 (184), which was comprised of 12 fours. Kohli came in to bat at 111-2, at the fall of Murali Vijay for 53. With just minutes to go before the lunch break, Kohli was welcomed by Mitchell Johnson with a nasty bouncer as the first ball. The ball hit his helmet, causing a concern amongst the Australian fielders.
But Kohli was firm as a rock, both in his approach and his scoring pattern. He did not mind going through a blow or two for the cause of the team and was determined to play an innings of substantial impact for India.
Watch the video of his seventh test century at Adelaide: