Virat Kohli © AFP
Virat Kohli © AFP

India skipper Virat Kohli regained form after failure in the first Test versus South Africa. Kohli, amidst the fall of wickets, steadied India’s ship in pursuit of 335 in the ongoing second Test at Centurion. The right-hander brought his 21st Test century on Day Three, and will like to stitch valuable stands with the lower order to give India the vital lead. This is Kohli’s second century on South African soil (previous came in Johannesburg 2013), and eighth overseas including Australia, New Zealand and England.

How the innings panned out

Following two quick dismissals, Kohli walked out with his usual swagger. He showed intent and was positive from ball one. Kohli came to the pitch of the ball, timed his drives and was quick on his feet. South Africa tried to pitch the ball outside off stump (Kagiso Rabada tried sledging the Indian skipper too), but the batsman overcame all odds. He has kept the scoreboard moving, despite losing Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel.

Kohli has looked adamant to not poke anything outside off stump. His only blip came last evening when he shuffled across for a flick off Lungisani Ngidi. He played a needless stroke, but luckily got a faint edge to shun the review.

Kohli has battered reverse swing and the temptation to play anything close to the body against Keshav Maharaj.

Note: Sachin Tendulkar (169 at Cape Town) and Kohli are the only captains from the subcontinent to score a Test hundred in South Africa.