Adelaide: So disgusted was Virat Kohli at the time of his dismissal on Day Three of the opening Test yesterday that he failed to even acknowledge the round of applause from the healthy crowd at the Adelaide Oval.
Virat Kohli. Pic/AFP
From the first ball, which was bowled by Mitchell Johnson that cannoned into the tri-colour on the top of BCCI logo of his helmet, right through to backing up a long way to run a sharp single later in the day, Kohli looked determined and unshaken while showcasing his leadership skills to reach his seventh Test ton.
Three balls after the fierce blow to his head, Kohli still came forward to a full ball as he drove Johnson down the ground to get off the mark in style. The next delivery he faced from Johnson, he executed a sublime cover drive to a ball that was similar to the one that had caused his misery in England only a few months ago.
It was clear from those two shots that the memories of England had been eradicated and it was a new beginning for Kohli. His running between the wickets was exceptional. During a brief session in the afternoon, Australia tried to exploit the short ball tactic with two men back and two hovering around square leg.
After attempting to swivel a couple around the corner, he realised it was a better option to drop the ball in front of square and pick up easy runs. It was smart calculative and masterful batting.
Furthermore, each time he whipped a ball past the injured Clarke at mid off or mid on, he yelled at his partner "chal chal ye injured hain" (c'mon, he is injured) as he converted two's into three's at ease.
Against Nathan Lyon, he initially lunged to smother the ball jumping out the rough before realising the most effective way of playing Lyon is on the back foot. He also shuffled right across his stump, to ensure he got his front pad out of the line when he played forward.
When the second new ball was taken, Kohli attacked instead of going into his shell as he scored 37 in 42 balls before being caught, playing a hook shot that left him shattered. Indeed, Kohli has lived up to the Australian public's expectations.