New Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli dedicated his well-fought historic Test century on the second evening of the first Test against England at Edgbaston to wife Anushka Sharma. The century, en route to his epic knock of 149 runs off 225 deliveries, was his first on English soil in Test cricket. Overall, it was his 22nd Test ton and fourth against England, with the rest three coming at home.
Kohli’s century came in dramatic fashion – survived through James Anderson scare, played a cautious innings and stitched two crucial partnerships with Ishant Sharma and then Umesh Yadav, with him being the primary contributor en route to his first-ever ton in England. With it, he put all the horrors from 2014 to a rest, where he had totalled 134 runs in 10 innings at an average of 13.40.
With a ravishing four down point off Ben Stokes, Kohli reached the milestone. He raised his bat, swirled it around and screamed ‘come on’ before he removed his gloves to kiss the ring clung on the chain that hangs on his neck. And with that touching gesture, he dedicated his gutsy century to his wife Anushka, who was present at the venue.
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It wasn’t the first time Kohli had done this sort of a celebration after reaching his hundred. Earlier this year when India were touring South Africa, Kohli had arrived to the Rainbow Nation after recently tying the nuptial knot with Anushka. After scoring a century in the second Test, Kohli had kissed his wedding ring to dedicate the achievement to his wife.
Surviving the initial scare from Anderson off two dropped catches, Kohli marched along cautious lines, before he freed his arms when English bowling unit exposed India’s tail-end of the batting lineup.
With risky singles and saving Ishant with two DRS reviews, Kohli not only reached the triple-figure mark, he continued his form to score 149 off 225 balls and keep India alive in the match.