A defiant Virat Kohli hung in to anchor India’s first innings on day four of the fourth test against Australia.
Kohli also ended his Test ton drought, scoring his first hundred in whites since 2019.
The last hundred Kohli scored was against Bangladesh in the pink ball Test at Eden Gardens in November 2019.
Resuming his innings at 59 off 128 on Sunday, Kohli took his time to score the remaining 41 runs. Off 241 deliveries, he only scored five fours in a gritty knock in the first innings.
However, that was not before a moment of worry when wicketkeeper-batter KS Bharat turned down Kohli’s call for a quick single in the 109th over. This almost led to Kohli losing his wicket, and the former India captain gave his teammate a stare-down and an angry word of advice.
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Bharat took his spot at number six and faced 70 deliveries before lunch, hitting a four and a six. In doing so, he added 53 runs for the fifth wicket with Kohli. Their partnership was a slow burn, with Kohli contributing only four runs off 48 balls at one stage.
He was eventually dismissed for 44 by Nathan Lyon.
Kohli, meanwhile, continued playing his knock as India reduced the lead below 70.