After registering his maiden T20I century against Afghanistan during the Asia Cup 2022, the Indian stalwart, Virat Kohli succeeded in scoring a ton again during the third ODI against Bangladesh last week. He was expected to register a Test century against the same opposition in the ongoing contest in Chittagong but failed to do so as he failed to read a brilliant delivery from Taijul Islam as was dismissed for just a run against his name.
Even though Virat Kohli failed to make an impact in the first innings, that setback did not deter him from staying focused as he was seen sweating it out in the nets during the tea break after his dismissal. In a picture making rounds on social media, the 34-year-old was seen batting in the nets against left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar during the break.
Virat Kohli had a net session during the tea break, practiced against the left arm spin of Saurabh Kumar. That’s the passion you need when you are not satisfied with our own performance#ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/ezAOrEaPF2
— Niraj Bhattarai (@NirajBh99301660) December 14, 2022
Virat Kohli has struggled against spin on many occasions in recent times, and hence, he is toiling hard by training himself on how to attack the spinners and score well against them. Taijul Islam had accounted for Kohli in the 20th over of India’s first innings. On the third delivery bowled by Taijul, the former skipper attempted to counter the ball at the backfoot.
However, it turned sharply and crashed on the back leg. Virat Kohli went for a review after having a chat with his batting partner Cheteshwar Pujara but the ball tracker showed three reds which made sure the Indian stalwart had to walk back to the pavilion.
After Virat Kohli’s dismissal, India did succeed in rebuilding their innings with Rishabh Pant (46) and Pujara (90) batting brilliantly on an action-packed Day 1 as the visitors ended the day’s play by posting 278/6 on the board.
Team India will be upbeat that they had middle-order sensation, Shreyas Iyer, out in the middle who is unbeaten on 82 overnight but he also perished early on Day 2. The onus was on Iyer to add as many runs as he could but job has been done by R Ashwin (40*) and Kuldeep Yadav (21*) so far.