Gautam Gambhir comments on Virat Kohli’s 49th century in IND vs SA match

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Gautam Gambhir comments on Virat Kohli achieving his century in the IND vs SA match. Virat Kohli scored 101 off 121 deliveries.


According to the former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli slowed down to achieve his century. Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, as per Gautam Gambhir, played the scenario well in the middle overs. However, the former cricketer believes Kohli might have been more aggressive towards the end. Gautam Gambhir said that Virat Kohli slowed down in the last 5-6 overs. Gambhir further said that the slowing down of Virat Kohli might be due to him nearing his century. Gautam Gambhir also said that Virat’s slowing down would have hurt India if they were batting on a good pitch. Speaking exclusively to Sportskeeda, In a discussion with S Sreesanth, Gautam Gambhir said,

“It was important for Kohli to bat deep and I feel it was just the last 5-6 overs where he slowed down a bit, maybe because he was nearing a century. But I believe there were already enough runs on the board. It could have hurt India if they were batting on a good pitch.” he further added,

“You got to give credit to Shreyas Iyer for the way he kept taking chances and took the pressure off Virat Kohli. Both batted really well in the middle as the best time to bat was with the new ball. They expertly negotiated Keshav Maharaj and giving him just one wicket when Jadeja picked five was brilliant.”


S Sreesanth lauded Rohit Sharma for providing a path for Virat Kohli and said,

“I have been saying this ever since the Asia Cup when Shaheen Afridi dismissed Rohit Sharma with a ball that nipped back. Since then, whenever someone has tried that ball, Rohit has attacked them in the powerplay. He has been leading from the front taking the aggressive route and has not held back from expressing himself which is something even Dhoni Bhai used to say.”

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