New Delhi: All eyes were on Virat Kohli as he went out in the middle to play his first innings as an Indian Test captain. The right-hander suffered a huge blow on the helmet first ball, but it didn't hamper his confidence as he went on to slam a superb century on Day 3 of the Adelaide Test.
Kohli, who was dismissed on 115 by Johnson, received praises from several former cricketers on social micro-blogging site Twitter.
Well done ViratK!That's the way 2 stamp yur class as capt/player..!!Still lot more work 2 B done Son,Ind still not out of woods..!!!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) December 11, 2014
— Ajit Agarkar (@imAagarkar) December 11, 2014
Considering his poor form earlier this year in the five-match Test series against England, the Australian speedsters were expected to cause trouble for him outside the off-stump. But the 26-year-old negotiated the swing and the bounce reasonably well and got his team into a comfortable position.
Kohli's magnificent knock was also hailed by overseas players.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 11, 2014
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 11, 2014
With a captain's knock, Kohli became the third Indian to score a century in debut innings as Test captain after Vijay Hazare (1951) and Sunil Gavaskar (1976).