‘It taught us that anything is possible’ – Virat Kohli recalls 2014 Adelaide Test against Australia

‘It taught us that anything is possible’ – Virat Kohli recalls 2014 Adelaide Test against Australia

It was Kohli's maiden assignment as India's Test captain, though he was standing in for MS Dhoni.

Virat Kohli shot
Virat Kohli shot. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Virat Kohli is currently India’s most successful Test skipper after taking over the mantle from MS Dhoni way back in December 2014. He toppled Dhoni’s tally itself during India’s second Test against the West Indies last year at the Kingston, Jamaica. Under the 31-year-old Delhi-born Virat, India are also sitting pretty on top of the points table in the ICC World Test Championship.

However, the journey didn’t start on a happy note for Kohli. Back in 2014, he captained India for the first time in the Test series against Australia. Dhoni was ruled out of the opening Test at the Adelaide Oval and Virat stood in for him. However, the visitors lost by 48 runs. It was a game, which India could have won, bearing in mind how Kohli and Murali Vijay were batting in the second innings.

Kohli notched 115 runs in the first innings, though Australia ended up taking a 73-run lead. Second time around, he churned 141 runs and also set up a 185-run stand with Vijay for the third wicket. Chasing 364, India, at one point in time, needed 124 runs with eight wickets in hand. However, Nathan Lyon got seven wickets and India lost the eight wickets for a mere 73 runs.

Virat Kohli opines

Going down the memory lane, Virat said that the Test was an important one for them. From there onwards, he learned that one could pull off something difficult with mental strength. He called the game an important milestone in their Test journey.

He took to Twitter and wrote, “Throwback to this very special and important test in our journey as the test team that we are today. Adelaide 2014 was a game filled with emotion on both sides and an amazing one for people to watch too.

Although we didn’t cross the line being so close, it taught us that anything is possible if we put our mind to it because we committed to doing something which seemed very difficult to begin with but almost pulled it off. All of us committed to it. This will always remain a very important milestone in our journey as a test side.”

Here are Kohli’s tweets: –