SA vs IND, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli hits Kagiso Rabada for a SIX; Watch Video
Virat Kohli played a captain’s knock as India fight to build a huge first innings total against South Africa in the third and final Test at Newlands, Cape Town starting January 11.
Kohli, who missed the second match due to a back spasm, won the toss and decided to bat first. However, his decision backfired, as India lost both openers for pennies in the first 13 overs.
Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara then put on a 62-run third-wicket stand, but Pujara fell in the 38th over for 43 off 77. Then Ajinkya Rahane fell for nine runs off 12 deliveries in the 43rd over, leaving India at 116/4.
Kohli, on the other hand, held one end secure with a steady innings, and was unbeaten on 40 at tea, with India on 141/4. (54).
The right-handed batter blasted five fours and one six in his 139-ball at-bat. Virat Kohli’s maximum, a top-edge off Kagiso Rabada in the 41st over, was his second in 26 Test innings since January 2020.
What a six by kohli 🔥 pic.twitter.com/F3q2q8PulG
— Himanshu 🥶 (@virooting) January 11, 2022
Mohandas Menon, a cricket statistician, stated that this was only India skipper Virat Kohli’s fifth six in Test cricket in the last three years. Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, and Rishabh Pant have struck 31, 25, and 18 sixes, respectively, throughout that time.
It was also the 33-year-first old’s away six in Test cricket since top-edging Jos Hazlewood in the Perth Test.
A rare six for Virat Kohli in Tests!
Today his six at Cape Town is the only fifth in the last three years!
During the same period Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal and Rishabh Pant have hit 31, 25 & 18 sixes respectively!#IndvSA #IndvsSA #SAvIND #INDvsSA
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 11, 2022
In international cricket, Kohli hasn’t struck a century in almost two years. Sunil Gavaskar, who batted, commented on radio that this was “the most difficult 40 runs Virat Kohli has scored in the last 5-6 years.”
India won the first Test by 113 runs. But the Proteas responded with a seven-wicket defeat in the previous match to tie the series.
In South Africa, India is aiming to win their first-ever Test series.