Virat Kohli put captaincy hat back on for a while during Ahmedabad Test


India was pushing for a result against Australia on Day 5 of the final Test in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Former captain Virat Kohli stepped up to guide the team during an intense chat with Axar Patel. The spinners, Axar, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja, were targeting the rough patches on the surface created over the previous four days. Kohli, along with Rohit Sharma, provided some animated instructions during the regrouping sessions between overs.

The Ahmedabad surface had been dull for the first three and a half days. However, on Day 5, there was some life injected into it, providing some assistance for the spinners. While Australia had only lost one wicket so far, India had some close calls, with the ball jumping off the rough patches and troubling the batters. Some of the deliveries hit the batsmen’s gloves and even struck Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne. If India had placed a forward short-leg, they could have had a second wicket.


During the Day 5 of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Kohli displayed his captaincy skills by instructing Axar Patel on how to land the ball on a particular area on the pitch. Rohit Sharma, who was also present, observed the conversation. The pitch, which had been lifeless for the first few days, was now providing some assistance to the spinners. The Indian team experienced some close calls with the ball jumping off the rough and troubling the batters. Kohli’s dedication to the game was commendable as he took the lead in directing Axar despite Rohit’s presence.

Virat Kohli’s brilliant performance in the recently concluded Test match earned him the Player of the Match award. Kohli scored his 27th Test century in his 108th Test match. He has now won 10 MoM awards in his Test career. Despite missing out on a double century, Kohli’s knock was crucial as he battled through sickness to deliver an outstanding innings.

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