Kohli showed a rare side of himself during the third Test in Cape Town, scoring 79 from 201 balls. Vikram Rathour, the batting coach for the Warriors, also spoke highly of the skipper’s discipline in selecting shots after the close of play. He was dismissed earlier for trying to nudge a wide ball off his off stump.
Ex-cricketer Gautam Gambhir praised Kohli’s display, saying that the captain kept his ego aside before saying he waited for poor deliveries instead of launching at every delivery. “Virat has explained several times that leaving behind your ego is essential when you go to England. I was reminded of Virat Kohli’s surprisingly successful tour of England when he got beaten frequently but left several deliveries outside the off-stump,” stated Gambhir following the action on Star Sports.
In the same manner, ”he also left deliveries outside the off-stump today. Although he was beaten, he did not let his ego get in the way. He did not seek to dominate every bowler,” added Gambhir. At stumps, South Africa reached 17/1 against India’s first innings total and lost Dean Elgar for a crucial wicket. Aiden Markram and Keshav Maharaj will join the South African team on Day 2.