Virat Kohli walked into bat at number four for team India against South Africa in the first Test match at New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. There was pressure on Virat Kohli, as he had taken Tendulkar's position in the batting line up and how well did he cope with it, scoring a magnificent century. The century had class written all over it.
Man of the moment, Virat Kohli walked into bat when the Indian team were struggling for two wickets down with a mere 20 odd runs on the scorecard. The South African bowlers looked in red hot form extracting good bounce from the pitch, also getting lateral movement. Intense competition between South African bowlers and Virat Kohli were on the cards.
After Kohli's arrival in the 22 yards strip, he looked positive right from the outset displaying his array of shots and taking the attack to the opposition. He scored 119 runs justifying he is one for the future. If there were any doubts about his batting exploits under alien conditions, this high class innings reflects that he can play under all conditions and against the best of the best bowlers of the world.
What was special about the innings was that the player was not daunted by any delivery that was bowled at him, which includes chin music. He was ready for such aggression from the Proteas, who could not stop him from scoring freely. In his innings of 119 runs, there were 18 shots to the fence with most of those shots hitting the middle of the bat and the ball racing across the outfield. It was a great innings from a player, who is being touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket. It would not be wrong to say if we say that he is one of the best players going around in world cricket.
It was disappointing for Kohli to be dismissed in the latter half of the game, that too a soft dismissal. But before that Kohli had already given a good platform for India. At stumps, India's score read 255 for five wickets with Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni on the batting crease.