Virat Kohli slammed his 25th Test century and his seventh against Australia on Sunday to help India cross the 200-run mark on Day 3 of the second Test at the Optus Stadium in Perth. The Indian skipper hit Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc for a boundary in the second delivery of the 81st over to bring up his hundred in 214 deliveries.
Kohli celebrated his 100 in style as he removed his helmet, pointed at his bat and moved his fingers in a manner that suggested: ‘let the bat do the talking’. With his sixth Test century in Australia and seventh against the opponents, Kohli also equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most Test centuries by an Indian Down Under.
Starting the day on 82 not out, the 30-year-old captain took five overs to reach the three-figure mark. Kohli needed just 127 innings to reach 25 Test centuries. Only Australian legend Don Bradman (68) had taken fewer innings to get to the landmark.
Many cricketing legends lauded his knock with special combination o words including Sachin Tendulkar.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 16, 2018
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) December 16, 2018
Congrats to @imVkohli on another magnificent 100. A completely different class to any other batsman playing international cricket & on the planet. An absolute joy to watch – well played ! India now have their noses ahead, 2nd new ball again an issue for the Aussies !
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 16, 2018
Has hit 25 so far in Tests and this has been one of the more special one from Virat Kohli. Not many adjectives can do justice to the skill, to the hunger and courage. #AusVInd
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 16, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 16, 2018
But what tops this all is England’s former legendary cricketer Kevin Pietersen’s words. In his official twitter account the right hand batsman wrote “ANOTHER 100 for
@imVkohli today…he’s making every single one of us that batted before him in international cricket, look like schoolboys! So proud of you, dude!”
ANOTHER 100 for @imVkohli today…he’s making every single one of us that batted before him in international cricket, look like schoolboys!
So proud of you, dude!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) December 16, 2018
Many loved his kind words towards a young player like Virat. Check out the reactions he is receiving :
Take Bradman out of the equation.. @imVkohli is the GOAT!!
— Rocky (@BluffMasta29) December 16, 2018
That’s why i love u mate….Loads of 😍 from india!!!
— Sairamnerella (@Sairamnerella1) December 16, 2018
@KP24 I remember you batting against the Aussie’s.. You were on your peak.. And belive me some where Aussie’s has feeled the terror of your batting like they had for @sachin_rt and right now they are having for @imVkohli ..
— Praveen Kulkarni🇮🇳 (@Pravin7757) December 16, 2018
— Bantish (BUNNY) (@Bantish_bunny) December 16, 2018
And it took a wrong decision to get him out… Anyway these words mean a lot 🙏❤️
— Akshay Sharma (@akshaypasu) December 16, 2018
But i enjoyed your batting more
— Özil (@Gooner_luv) December 16, 2018
Need big heart to say this… Proving Cricket is gentleman’s game..
— Vicky AV (@iamVickyAV) December 16, 2018
India won the first Test in Adelaide to take a 1-0 lead against Australia in the four-match Test series.
It indeed takes a big heart say such words. Kevin won our hearts ?? Ain’t he ?? Comment your views below !!