Adelaide (Australia), Dec 11: Virat Kohli on Thursday became the third cricket player in Test match history to score a century on his debut as captain.
Kohli notched up his seventh century in his 30th Test. Kohli’s century has helped India give a strong reply to Australia’s first innings total of 518 for seven declared.
At the time of the filing of this report, India were sitting pretty on 346 for the loss of four wickets off 87 overs, but are still trailing Australia by 171 runs.
Keeping him company at the crease was Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma on 19 of 37 deliveries.
Earlier in the match, when Kohli walked in after the dismissal of Murali Vijay (53) and was immediately welcomed by a short-pitched delivery from Johnson.
Kohli ducked but was hit on the badge of his helmet, prompting him to take off his gear for a moment. And perhaps it was the trauma of Hughes’ death that had a nervous-looking Johnson immediately rushing to check on Kohli’s well-being.
The Indian seemed unfazed but the Aussies were visibly rattled when Kohli took off his helmet. Home team’s skipper Michael Clarke was among the fielders who ran up to him and enquired if he was alright.
Clarke, who has broken down publicly quite a few times since Hughes’ death due to his close relationship with the late batsman, was later seen comforting Johnson as well by patting the fast bowler’s shoulders.
Even the umpires walked up to Kohli to check on him.
(With Agency Inputs)