Indore, Oct 8: Skipper Virat Kohli played a captain's knock to help India reach 267/3 at stumps on the opening day of the third and final Test against New Zealand at the Holkar stadium here on Saturday (Oct 8).
The 27-year-old India batsman got his 13th Test centurt off 184 deliveries and added 167 runs for the fourth wicket with Rahane as the right-handed duo pushed the Kiwis to the backfoot with some exciting strokeplay in the final session.
This is also the right-handed-batter's highest run in eight innings following his 200 against West Indies in the Caribbean. A century was long overdue off Kohli's bat who was unable to score big in the Test format eversince his double hundred.
Fans took to Twitter soon after Kohli's gritty innings to hail him.
Here is how fans reacted:
.@imVkohli will enjoy this century because it has turned the tide and put India in a position to dominate the game— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 8, 2016
'Discipline' is the word I'd use if I were to describe Kohli's knock in one word. Thanks for making Test cricket glamorous. 😊🙏👍👏👏— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 8, 2016
Virat Kohli...— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 8, 2016
13th Test hundred
11th in the first innings
4th hundred at home
3rd vs N Zealand
2nd of 2016
9th at #4
6th as capt#IndvNZ
First 100 for series by virat kohli— कान्छी (@melu_sirius) October 8, 2016
Virat Kohli was the best..is the best..will be the best..Great kohli best of luck go for double century,Champ is back now,haters go and die.— zoy_pal (@zoy_pal) October 8, 2016
Proud To Have a Captain Like uh Virat Kohli . You Don't need Any specific formate to show ur class. God Bless. pic.twitter.com/bd4BlcpxQI— AAP_Ka_Shadab_M.P. (@shadabk2426) October 8, 2016
Genius Virat Kohli Another Century To Remember..13th So Far..Long Way To Go #INDvNZ— Mayur Patodkar (@mayurpatodkar) October 8, 2016
Virat Kohli the man who has so much potential I feel he ll take Indian cricket to its heights— vth you (@VthYou) October 8, 2016
Virat Kohli as captain in tests -— Vivek (@Urtruefan) October 8, 2016
50s - 2
100s - 6
"Pepsi thi, pi gaya. Century thi,— Saurabh Jha (@SaurabhTen) October 8, 2016
maar diya." - Virat Kohli @virendersehwag