Virat Kohli shines in the first Test between India and South Africa, becoming the only batsman in the history of cricket… – Magazine Creations

Centurion [Australia]Dec 28 (ANI): Power-hitter Virat Kohli became the first batsman to score 2,000 runs in seven different calendar years during India’s crushing defeat to South Africa in the first Test on Thursday.

Dean Elgar’s elegant 185 combined with South Africa’s precise pace saw India level within three days.

When the rest of the batsmen failed to cope with the lethal trio of Kagiso Rabada, Marko Janssen and Naandre Berger, Kohli electrified the runs with quick singles and boundaries.

He scored 76 off 82 balls during India’s innings defeat and scored 32 runs, taking his tally to 2,006 runs in 2023.

He previously achieved this achievement in 2012 (2,186 rounds), 2014 (2,286 rounds), 2016 (2,595 rounds), 2017 (2,818 rounds), 2018 (2,735 rounds), 2019 (2,455 rounds).

Heading into the third day’s matches, India captain Rohit Sharma’s horrific run in South Africa continued, especially against Kagiso Rabada. Rabada’s delivery at inside corner left Rohit confused as he failed to read the line, resulting in the ball hitting the stumps.

The veteran right-handed batsman was removed for an eight-ball duck and the dismissal was his seventh in 11 innings against Rabada.

Yashasvi Jaiswal tried to leave the ball but the ball was thrown from his glove and went straight to the wicket-keeper.

Shubamn Gill looked set to spend a long time on the field, but his attempt to shoot the ball across the straight line failed. Marco Janssen picked his first goal as Gil left with a score of 26 (37).

After a poor start in the second innings, South Africa hit India hard by removing Shreyas Iyer and Kal Raho in quick succession.

After Berger removed Ravichandran Ashwin for a golden duck, India’s fate was more or less sealed.

Jasprit Bumrah’s exit after a brilliant fielding effort by Dean Elgar caused dismay. A brilliant review from the South African team saw Mohammed Siraj hit the ball straight to the wicket-keeper.

Prasidh Krishna struggled badly but Janssen edged Kohli (76) which ended India’s struggle over the first three days.

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Published: 29 December 2023 01:13 PM IST


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