Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is in all praise for Virat Kohli after India won the second Test match against South Africa. Virat Kohli-led team has won the first two matches in three-match Test series and will head to play the last and third Test match in Ranchi.
Virat Kohli scored 254 not out and Mayank Agarwal scored 108 runs in the first innings of second Test match which set a big total of 601/5 decl. Proteas failed to set themselves in the front of Indian bowlers and they were all out for 275 runs in their first innings. India had a lead of 326 runs and gave the follow on. Kohli became the first Indian captain to enforce a follow-on on the Proteas.
The proteas struggle to make runs in the field. Indian spinners and pacers picked wickets at regular intervals and bundled out Proteas for 189 runs in their second innings. India won the second Test match by an innings and 137 runs which led India to win the Test series against Proteas.
Virat Kohli is a fearless captain: Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar praises Virat Kohli’s performance and captaincy. He is impressed that Virat Kohli didn’t think about his personal runs as he declared the innings though he was just 46 runs short of his maiden triple hundred in Tests.
Shoaib Akhtar also labels Virat as the fearless captain. He also congratulates India for the 11 consecutive Test series win at home.
“I had said earlier that Virat Kohli is going to become a good captain after the World Cup 2019 because he is learning from his mistakes. He has figured out how to sort out the batting order. He is the best captain in the world at the moment, miles above the rest in the current era. The thing I like about Virat Kohli is that he is a fearless captain. He ran all over South Africa,” Akhtar said in a Youtube video.
“Credit to India, congratulations to them for record 11 consecutive Test series wins at home. They have a fearless captain who is not worried about his personal runs. His attitude on the pitch was fantastic after scoring 254. He put his country ahead of him by declaring. That’s what really matters. That’s what I like about Virat Kohli,” he added.
India, after winning the second Test match, has gained 40 points and is in the top of the points table in the World Test Championship 2019-21 with 200 points. India will try to win the third and last Test match against the Proteas to gain another 40 points.