India wicket-keeper batter Dinesh Karthik was all praise for Virat Kohli after latter scored his 28th Test hundred and his first after a long gap of more than three years on a pitch that was brilliant for batting at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium on Day 4 of the ongoing fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. 

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After a long hiatus of three years, 41 Test innings, Kohli ended his Test century drought as he touched the three-figure mark, scoring 186 in the ongoing fourth and final game against Australia. Resuming Day 4 on the overnight score of 59, Kohli converted that score to his 28th Test century. This was Kohli’s 75th international century in Tests and his first since the Kolkata ton against Bangladesh in November 2019. 

Kohli’s teammate at the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Karthik was elated with Kohli’s effort and praised him during his commentary stint, the Tamil Nadu-based cricketer said that the conditions tested his patience and batted all the demons in his mind to churn out a brilliant ton against the number 1 Test team in the World. 

Karthik Showers Praise on Kohli

Dinesh Karthik Lauds Virat Kohli for His Majestic Hundred
Dinesh Karthik Lauds Virat Kohli for His Majestic Hundred

“His 8th hundred against Australia. He has got it against the best and he has been consistent at that. You go through ebbs and flows when you score a hundred. This one has come slowly to him. It tested his patience, but he definitely battled all the demons, not on the pitch, but in the mind. What’s been amazing about this knock today is he has batted close to 2 and half hours and not got one boundary yet. He has weathered the storm and done it in his way. And it’s been beautiful to watch,” Dinesh Karthik said during commentary for Star Sports on Sunday.

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Since playing against Australia for the first time in 2011, Kohli has amassed 1,979 runs across 42 Test innings at an average of 48.26 against them. This was Kohli’s eighth Test century against the Aussies and with that, he also registered his highest Test score (186) against this opposition. 

The batting stalwart could have scored his eight-double ton but he fell 14 runs short of the milestone. Running out of partners on the other hand, especially with batter Shreyas Iyer not available to bat due to pain in his lower back, Kohli ran out of patience and eventually gave away his wicket to Todd Murphy, while attempting a big shot. With this innings, Kohli has shut down his critics and the team would be hoping Kohli continues his good run of form with the bat.

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