India’s Test captain Virat Kohli set a huge test record for his country in the opening test of the three-game series against South Africa on Sunday at Centurion. Kohli scripted the feat by facing a single bullet in the test match.
After winning the draw and choosing to strike first in cloudy conditions at SuperSport Park, Kohli became the Indian skipper with the most wins in a test cricket draw, overtaking former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin.
This was Kohli’s 30th throw victory as Indian Tests skipper and in the previous 29 tests the 33-year-old won the draw with India winning 23 matches.
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“We’ll hit first. The runs on the outside chessboard have been our strength. The pitch tends to pick up here on days 2-3,” Kohli said after choosing to hit first.
India picked five hitters for the opener, going for Ajinkya Rahane over Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari while leaving Ishant Sharma on rest.
“Our success away from home was born out of the series we played here last time around. Very difficult place to play. South African unity is still strong and they know the conditions. The preparation was magnificent. Lucky enough to have the central ticket office to train, ”Kohli added.
South Africa, on the other hand, handed Marco Jansen his first cap.
“Nice and relaxed and looking forward to what is going to be a brilliant series of tests. We had a good week of camp in Johannesburg. We are prepared as best we could. There is a rookie in Marco Jansen. Great pitcher at the left arm who played well against India A. Mulder as a versatile. Kesh is our spinner. KG, Lungi and Marco are the leaders, “said Dean Elgar.