3rd Test Australia vs India Melbourne: Mitchell Starc finally brought an end to India skipper Virat Kohli’s knock of 82. Kohli missed a century that was there for the taking but in the last ten minutes during his stay, he was suffering from back stiffness and the physio had to come out to address it. It seemed like a plan from Starc to make Kohli play more short balls, he hit the ball before he got out for a four in front of square. Off the next ball, which was slightly higher, Kohli tried to go up and under, only to find Aaron Finch at third man, who did not miss it. But, it was a brilliant knock from the India skipper and he along with Cheteshwar Pujara has certainly put India in the driver’s seat in the ongoing Boxing Day Test.
Here is the video of his dismissal:
Most runs in a calendar year in overseas Tests (India):
1138 VIRAT KOHLI (2018)
1137 Rahul Dravid (2002)
1065 Mohinder Amarnath (1983)
918 Sunil Gavaskar (1971)
“An innings of restraint, almost denial. Don’t normally use those words to describe a Kohli innings,” said Harsha Bhogle.
Pujara and Kohli stitched a 170-run-stand.
Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara has hardly put a foot wrong during his another incredible knock in India’s ongoing tour to Australia. Pujara displayed zen-like focus, exuded brilliant confidence and showed unmatched determination as he slammed his 17th Test hundred in the third Test against Australia at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday. With this knock, Pujara also completed the milestone of scoring 2000 Test runs away from home.
At the time of filing the copy, Pujara was looking good on 106* and he was joined by Ajinkya Rahane, who is on five. India are 299/3.