Virat Kohli is on a whole different level: Ian Bell
The praise on the Indian skipper continues following his impressive performance in recent times.
We witnessed a one-way traffic in the third one-day International between India and South Africa and one will have to say, Indian Team has been able to outclass the opposition in all three aspects. The prime form of Virat Kohli had set the tone for the bowlers to try the tricks they have in their resources, which eventually led India to clinch their third straight win in the ongoing series.
Stand-in skipper Aiden Markram won the toss and asked India Team to bat first. Seeing the result of first two games, many cricket pundits appreciated the move. However, little did they know, that skipper Virat Kohli has his plans set and is eyeing another hundred. With vice-captain getting out for a duck, skipper came to the crease bit early than he was expecting.
Playing some delightful strokes all around the ground, and letting his bat do all the talking, Virat Kohli registered his 34th International hundred. He scored 160 runs off 159 balls at a decent strike-rate of 100.6. His innings was laced with 12 boundaries and two mighty sixes. The innings became more special after he adjusted to the conditions and played according to the situation. Scoring almost 100 runs in singles and doubles speaks volumes about his character and fitness.
His blistering innings helped India post a mammoth total of 303 runs on the board, putting Proteas under serious pressure. In reply, South African Team lost Hashim Amla early, which eventually had to put them on the back foot. Few cameos by the skipper, JP Duminy and, David Miller were the only good thing happened to the South African team. The Indian spin duo, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal had put the cat amongst pigeons as they picked eight wickets between them to close the one-sided affair.
The result shows the gulf between the two sides and speaks volumes about the run machine Virat Kohli, who refuses to slow down. His innings was well appreciated by veteran batsman Ian Bell, who believes Virat Kohli is at a different level. He tweeted saying, “@imVkohli is just a different level. Another 100 #class”
SA vs IND: Port Elizabeth brings a new Challenge for Virat Kohli and his Troops
St. George's Park, Port Elizabeth will pose new challenges in front of the Men in Blue who seems to be in red-hot form.
After three excoriating experience in the One-Day International series, the South Africa team needed a snippet of optimism to help pick themselves up for the remaining games against India. Fortunately for the hosts, they received some respite in the ‘Pink ODI’. Their resplendent in pink to raise money for a greater cause, ensured they maintained their unbeaten record on this beautiful day. In the crackerjack of the encounter, the wicket keeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen along with the Swashbuckler David Miller helped Proteas register an all-important win.
Going into the fifth encounter which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday (13 February) at St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth will pose new challenges in front of the Men in Blue who seems to be in red-hot form. Though the scoreline is in the favour of the visitors, the past records which Indian Team carry on this ground is something they will look to forget, especially the skipper Virat Kohli.
Stats do not favour India team
Going by the stats, the venue which hasn’t been lucky for the previous four India captains – Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This is because India have played four ODIs on this ground and lost on all occasions. Furthermore, they failed to take the team’s total past the 200-run mark in all four matches.
In first of the four occasions, the Indians were bowled out for a mere score of 147 runs as the Mohammad Azharuddin led team suffered a six-wicket loss. The next three encounters were not too different from the first one as all remaining games were lost in most obnoxious manner.
Virat kohli and his troops will look to recreate the history and not let the past affect teams’ environment. The batters including the skipper, Dhawan, and MS Dhoni are looking rock-solid and will try their level best to help Indian side to register their first victory in Port Elizabeth, which eventually will help them to register first ever series win in South Africa.