The last time an Indian scored a hundred in a Test in Perth was Sachin Tendulkar, and 26 years later, his prodigy, Virat Kohli completes one at the same venue. On day three of the second Test, the India captain registered his 25th hundred in the red-ball cricket. At the new Optus Stadium in Perth, Virat completed his sixth Test ton in Australia equalling Sachin’s record. Meanwhile, the batting great congratulated Virat over his majestic knock.
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People will remember this for a long time – Sachin
Sachin Tendulkar in his tweet quoted Virat’s ton will be remembered for a long time. Also, the batting great mentioned this knock is perhaps his finest in Tests.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 16, 2018
Meanwhile, Kohli began day four with 81 runs to his name. Ajinkya Rahane, who stood alongside the captain till stumps on day two fell in first over itself. Batting with Hanuma Vihari at the other end, Virat didn’t allow the pressure to get the better off him. He struck a few boundaries including a straight one which helped him reach his hundred.
Virat Kohli being Virat Kohli celebrated his 25th century in Test cricket in his style. He raised his bat and signalled everyone with, ‘let the bat do the talking’ sign. Though he could find gaps on a few occasions after that, he got out just at the stroke of lunch on 123.
Was that a clean catch?
However, his manner of dismissal was rather not convincing, at least to the Indian fans. Pat Cummins, who had set up Kohli, bowled a half-volley outside off-stump which he edged and it got caught in the slips. Peter Handscomb, who was standing at the second slip grabbed a low catch. Though the umpire had given a soft signal as ‘Out’, replays suggested the ball might have touched the ground. Nevertheless, the decision stayed, and Virat Kohli had to walk back.
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 16, 2018
Ganguly rates Perth hundred as ‘best’
Meanwhile, the former India captain Sourav Ganguly rated Virat’s Perth ton as his best. Also, Sourav in his tweet mentioned the knock by Sachin Tendulkar in 1992 was also his favourite.
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) December 16, 2018