Virat Kohli unknowingly played a weird pull shot in the first session of Day 3 of the Nagpur Test between India and Sri Lanka. On the fifth ball of the 113th over of India’s first innings, Suranga Lakmal bowled a short delivery to the Indian skipper. Kohli was quick to get on the back foot but not to pull the ball but in order to leave it for wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. But the ball brushed the handle of Kohli’s bat and went towards the fine leg boundary.
The commentators thought that the ball brushed the gloves on it’s way but it was the handle it hit before running towards the boundary. Kohli was surprised by it as the ball could have taken a top edge and carried to the fielder inside the 30-yard circle.
After the boundary, the Indian skipper walked up to Cheteshwar Pujara on the non-striker’s end and had a laugh about it.
Here’s the video of the shot –
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Kohli went on to score his 4th Test century and 10th international century in the calendar year. He went past former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting’s record of most number of centuries in a calendar year as a captain. The 29-year-old is also on his way to score another double century. He will equal former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid’s tally of 5 double centuries in Test cricket.
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On the other hand, Pujara became the fastest to 3,000 Test runs (53 innings) on Indian soil surpassing former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s record (53 innings).