delhi | India’s Test captain Virat Kohli was dismissed for 35 by South African pacer Lungi Ngidi on day one of the first Test at Centurion, failing to convert another promising start. Kohli has been quite patient during his stay but a slight lapse in concentration has cost him dearly, which has cost him his wicket. Ngidi lured Kohli to chase down a wide delivery that he only managed to get past the fielder in the slip cordon. ( Kohli was playing beautifully)
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Kohli bats so well till his dismissal (Kohli was playing beautifully)
As Kohli’s quest for his 71st century continues, former India opener Wasim Jaffer feels Kohli will be disappointed with the way he got out but he is certainly not out of touch. In a conversation with ESPNCricinfo, Jaffer commented on Kohli’s performance on day one, saying that players are expected to go through a tough phase at some point in their careers. However, the former India opener believes that it doesn’t seem to be a bad patch as Kohli bats so well till his dismissal. He said that Kohli was playing beautifully. But this has been happening with them for a long time. He bats beautifully till he gets out and that is something which is disappointing. This happens with great players.
Dangerous lack of pace and energy in all South African bowlers
Jaffer praised the 117-run opening partnership of KL Rahul (122*) and Mayank Agarwal (60). He also said that all South African bowlers lack dangerous pace and energy. Jaffer said Marco Jensen bowled a full toss early in his first over, Ngidi didn’t look quick enough and (Kagiso) Rabada barely bowled over 140. Kohli last scored a century in a Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in 2019. Since the start of 2020, he has scored 634 runs in 14 Tests, including the ongoing encounter at Centurion, with an average of 27 and a best of 74. Rahul’s unbeaten 122 and Mayank’s excellent half-century put India in a solid position. (Kohli was playing beautifully)