Team India skipper Virat Kohli’s stature as a batsman has grown in million ways. His presence in the side itself is becoming the headliner in the media and the one good flourish from his willow will put the crowd in frenzy. Meanwhile, dismissing him has become a huge thing for bowlers and eventually the Essex’s fast bowler, Paul Walter is currently over the moon.

During his course to a top-class batsman, Kohli has not only acquired fans in India but also across the world.

After the initial jolts for India in the three-day practice game, Kohli started the things in a fine fashion. He scored his runs through those nonchalant flicks and pleasant text-book cover drives to make his way to a 50-run milestone.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is leading India against Essex at Chelmsford. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

During his course to the century, he found the nick of Paul Walter straight into the hands of Varun Chopra at the second slip. Speaking of the wicket, the bowler Walter was over the moon and sai, ”I still can’t believe it.”

As it happened:

Earlier on Wednesday (July 25), India has won the toss and asked the home side to bowl first at Chelmsford. Essex, who accepted the challenged rattled the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara in a quick succession to dent India’s hopes.

However, the vice-captain of India, Ajinkya Rahane played his positive cricket alongside the ever-solid Murali Vijay to repair the ship for India. Just when things looked like settling in, Quinne found the edge of Rahane’s flashing willow.

But Kohli made his way to the crease at an unpleasant score knocked the ball beautifully to find the fence often than not. On the other side, Vijay too displayed his stylish stroke to ensure no hiccups.

After stitching a 90-run partnership, Vijay played Paul Walter on to his wickets thus landing India in an unsettled zone. It was furtherly deepened when Virat Kohli too walked back to the pavilion.

However, it was Dinesh Karthik who showed his calibre by shouldering India past 300 with an unbeaten 82*. KL Rahul handed his support with his gutsy 58 while Hardik Pandya stood with Karthik till the stumps on Day 1.

Brief Scores:

Day 1:

India – 322/6 (Dinesh Karthik 82*, Virat Kohli 68; Coles 2/31)

Here is the dismissal: