England’s left-arm fast bowler, Sam Curran had made a dream start to the Test series versus India, taking four wickets to floor the visitors’ batting line-up, but the 20-year-old pacer also learned a big lesson during the second day’s play as he witnessed the run-machine Virat Kohli‘s heroic innings of 149.
The southpaw, who is the son of former Zimbabwe cricketer Kevin Curran and playing only his second Test after making a debut against Pakistan in June, claimed the wickets of Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, and Shikhar Dhawan in back-to-back overs to put India on the back foot. But then Curran found Test cricket is tough when Kohli smashed him for runs later in the day.
It wasn’t that the Indian skipper was assaulting from the word go and was also dropped a couple of times early on. But he made full use of the gift and went on to smash 149 off 225 balls to score his first Test century on English soil, something which was troubling his fans for a long time.
For Curran, Kohli’s attitude of taking the fight to England after the initial hiccup was worth to learn from. Talking about the same, Sam said, “We had them 100 for five and felt in the game then Virat played really well with their tail and frustrated us a little bit. I’m only in my second game, but I think it was a little eye-opener for watching the way he bats and how precise you’ve got to be with your lengths.”
Curran finished the innings with 4 for 74 to be the most successful bowler for his team in the first innings. India was bowled out for 274 in reply to England’s first innings score of 287, conceding a lead of 13 runs.
However, the young pacer also went on to say that Kohli’s luck was on his side today and things could’ve been different if Dawid Malan had managed to hold on to the straightforward catch when he was on 21. He concluded, “He did nick a lot of balls outside off-stump that didn’t carry as well. We stuck to our plans very well against him, and on another day they would carry.”