Southampton: It surely was that exotic cover-drive from Virat Kohli for which you had prayed for the rain to stop. The Indian captain played one of his signature cover-drive against Neil Wagner during the inaugural World Test Championship final on Saturday at Ageas Bowl. It was a sight to behold as Kohli – who walked into bat after India lost their openers in quick succession – leaned into the delivery and with a checked drive helped the ball race across the surface for a boundary.Also Read - ENG vs IND 2021: James Anderson Shines For Hosts as India's Batting Stutter on Rain-Hit Day
The shot not only had class written all over it but it also showed the intent of the Indian skipper, who was not letting anything lose go even if a session break is near. Kohli, who has not got a century in the last two seasons – would be hungry to get among the runs as he is due for a big one. Also Read - ENG vs IND 2021: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami Put India on Top After Dismissing England For 183
The incident took place in the penultimate over before lunch. Also Read - Secret of Virat Kohli's Jersey Number 18 - Numerologist Explains All
Here is how Kohli played the exotic cover drive:
Earlier in the day, the much-awaited match finally got underway as the rain stayed away from Southampton. Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first, Kohli, his opposite number confessed – he too would have done that. Kohli at the toss said that the side prepares for all conditions.
Virat Kohli said at the toss, “We would’ve probably bowled first as well. But runs on the board has been our strength. In a big final, runs on the board, however many, are an advantage. As you saw the makeup of our side, the balance is such that we prepare for any conditions. We’ve been performing really well in Test cricket. For us this is just a Test match we have to be professional in, have to follow our processes”
At the time of filing the copy, India was 69 for two at lunch. India opener Rohit Sharma was the first to go as he was dismissed for 34, while Shubman Gill perished for 28. Pujara and Kohli would look to get set and then get the runs.