Amazing Virat Kohli, Nathan Lyon win hearts with brilliant performances
India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli would have been much happier if India would have held on to defy Aussies but that wasn't the case. In the end though the hosts won by 48 runs, Virat Kohli had done his job served with perfection.
New Delhi: India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli would have been much happier if India would have held on to defy Aussies but that wasn't the case. In the end though the hosts won by 48 runs, Virat Kohli had done his job served with perfection.
Kohli who scored a brilliant ton in the first innings followed it up with another beauty in the second innings, after he scored a well made 141 runs. Kohli on his debut as a captain showed aggression and hunger as India's cards fell quickly after being in a very good position. Apart from his mammoth innings, Murali Vijay has shown his class and technique as an opener scoring valuable runs respectively.
From 243 for two, India lost their way after getting themselves out for 315. Kohli's innings was of substance and his application was a worth watching experience. When the others fell, Kohli kept getting boundaries and wanted to keep India in the chase but fell short.
India looks to have a secured future under Kohli's captaincy in the future. In the batting scenario just like his predecessors VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag who were successful overseas, Kohli looks to have carried on that gift.
Kohli's post-match comments on always going for a win served a reminder of his positive attitude and approach towards a Test match.
He had a rare series failure in England in the summer, but starting this series very well he looks well set for more runs. The problem India have is the inconsistency of the fellow batsmen.
Australia's Nathan Lyon meanwhile, exposed India's problem against spin in overseas conditions. After picking up 12 wickets in Adelaide and winning the game for Australia, Lyon showed how he continued the good work that Moeen Ali did for England in the summer.
Lyon's performance was a master-class effort as he put all Indian frontline batsmen look nervy and shaky and broke crucial partnerships when it mattered most. Lyon was instrumental in wiping the lower middle order on both occasions. India's batting collapse on both innings is something Lyon will look forward to target again in Brisbane Test.