Salman Butt, former Pakistan opener has praised India captain Virat Kohli for batting with great focus despite the challenging conditions on Day 2 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.
After a defiant start, India lost their way and was in trouble at 88 for 3. However, Virat Kohli (44*) and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (29*) lifted India with a defiant half-century stand. India ended Day 2 of the WTC final at 146 for 3 in 64.4 overs before bad light stopped play.
Salman Butt: Virat Kohli Looked In Control And Focused On The Job
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt hailed Virat Kohli for his application and reading the game situation very well.
“Kohli looked in complete control and focused on the job and Rahane is giving him good support. Even Pujara spent some time out in the middle even though he did not score many.”
Salman Butt Saw Finesse In Batting In England By Indian Openers After A Long Time
Salman Butt further added that although India is somewhat in control now, they are not entirely out of trouble.
The former Pakistan skipper added: “Rohit Sharma also displayed great temperament and curbed his natural instinct. Both openers left the ball very well. New Zealand bowled well under overcast conditions.
“Yes, the batsmen could not convert starts, but the Indian openers did not allow early wickets to fall. India is in control as of now, but they are not out of trouble. In England, you can easily lose 2-3 wickets quickly. If India takes the total of 275-325, and if the spinners come in on the last two days, India is in with a great chance in the WTC final.”
While Day 2 of the WTC final produced some engrossing cricket, bad light halted play more than once. There could be more interruptions on Day 3 with a forecast for rain. India is currently placed at 211/7 with Ajinkya Rahane top-scoring with 49. Ravindra Jadeja was batting on 15 and Ravichandran Ashwin was dismissed on 22.