India batter Virat Kohli‘s commitment is second to none toward his game and batting. And it was on display once again when he put in a desperate dive to save his wicket while running a quick double during India’s first innings in the ongoing second Test against the West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Virat Kohli’s t-shirt got all muddied by this big dive that he put while returning for his second run, and this got commentator and former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop to applaud Kohli’s commitment.
Bishop went on to say that the West Indies players should learn from Virat Kohli, who is playing in his 500th international game, about valuing every single run, putting effort in running between the wickets and not just aiming for the boundaries.
Speaking in the commentary box, Ian Bishop said about Kohli’s dedication and commitment: “Here’s a guy who’s around for 500 games, knows the value of each run. Putting his body on the line, that tells you about his commitment. I wish I could tell every youngster in Caribbean to run like that and not wait for boundaries,”
Virat Kohli’s 87* brings India back on upper hand on Day 1
It was a day of three phases of play in three sessions on Trinidad. In the first session, India opener, captain Rohit Sharma and young Yashasvi Jaiswal, continued their good form from the first Test by putting a consecutive century stand, scoring 121/0 by Lunch.
It looked like both the openers, as they did in Dominica, will raise centuries here in Port of Spain, but the West Indies bowlers made an inspiring comeback to take 4 wickets – Rohit, Jaiswal, Gill, and Rahane – in the second session to bring the game in the balance. India slipped to 182/4 at Tea.
The third session – a wicketless one – belonged to the visitors as Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja put on an unbeaten stand of 139* (194) to end Day 1 at 288/4.
On a pitch that resembled those in Asia, Virat Kohli was resolute in his defence, ran hard between the wickets, and waited patiently for loose deliveries. He took 21 balls to get off the mark and continued to accumulate in a slow but steady fashion. He batted like a monk to remain not out on 87 off 161 balls, pulling India out of trouble in the third session after the visitors had lost 4 wickets in the second session.