New Delhi. Virat Kohli played an unmatched inning of 121 runs in the second Test against the West Indies. This is his 76th century in international cricket. Former captain Kohli scored a century in Tests on foreign soil after 55 months. On the basis of Kohli’s century, the Indian team was dismissed by scoring 438 runs in the first innings on the second day. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja also played an important role in taking the score beyond 400 by scoring half-centuries. At the end of the day’s play, West Indies have scored 86 runs for one wicket in the first innings. He is still 352 runs behind the Indian team’s score. Team India is leading 1-0 in the 2-match series. In the first match of the series, the Indian team won by an innings.
After the end of the day’s play, Virat Kohli talked to the media about his century and innings. On the question of scoring a century on foreign soil after December 2018, he replied in a retaliatory manner. Virat Kohli said that to be honest, these things keep going on outside. I have scored 15 centuries in Tests after home. This is not a bad record. It is known that Kohli has now scored 29 centuries in Tests. He has scored more than half the centuries outside the house.
The team needed such an innings
Virat Kohli said that this century is special for him, because the team needed such an innings from him. He said that the record I make is important only when it serves the needs of the team. 500th match is special for me, finally I could reach here. Kohli said that whether it is 50 or 100 or 200, it matters to me only when it is useful for the team.
Regarding the pitch of Port of Spain, he said that it was slow. In such a situation, batting was not easy. You had to wait for the bad ball to play the shot. Talking about Indian innings, captain Rohit Sharma scored 80 and Yashasvi Jaiswal also scored 57 runs. After the 2-match Test series, a 3-match ODI series is to be played between India and West Indies from 27 July.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 22, 2023, 11:32 IST