'The wait continues' - Twitter reacts as Virat Kohli's century drought continues in Cape Town Test

‘The wait continues’ – Twitter reacts as Virat Kohli’s century drought continues in Cape Town Test

Kohli played a stellar knock as the track assisted the bowlers right from ball one.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

The wait for Virat Kohli’s 71st Test century continues as the Indian skipper departed for 79 in the ongoing third Test against South Africa. The veteran batter indeed played a stellar knock as the track assisted the bowlers right from ball one. The likes of Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi were breathing fire with the new ball. Owing to the same, Kohli didn’t take many chances and allowed himself to get used to the conditions.

It must be noted that the ongoing Cape Town Test is a decider, with the series being poised at 1-1. Electing to bat first at the Newlands Stadium, India lost both their openers in the first hour of the day’s play. Hence, Kohli, who missed the preceding Test due to an upper back spasm, came into bat when India were reeling at 33/2.

Contrary to his usual approach, Kohli played defensively throughout the course of his knock. He was also careful against the deliveries outside the off-stump. As a result, Kohli reached the 50-run mark on his 158th delivery, the second-slowest of his Test career. Notably, the Indian skipper formed crucial partnerships with the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant.

However, the tail-enders couldn’t provide him much of the support. As a result, Kohli had to go for runs with wickets falling regularly from one end. His strike rate also enhanced in the process but just when he looked set to get the three-figure mark, Kagiso Rabada got the better of him.  It was an outswinging delivery which took the outside edge of Kohli’s willow and Kyle Verreynne took a safe catch behind the stumps.

He went down as India’s ninth wicket and the innings was soon over after his dismissal. India were eventually bowled out for 223 with Kohli being the only batter with a fifty-plus score. It must be noted that stakes are incredibly high in this game. A win for India would see their maiden Test series win on South African soil. Kohli would come out to bat one more time in this game and would like to make a similar or a greater impact.

Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitterati reacted to Virat Kohli’s efforts: