Despite being a fine leader, Virat Kohli often gets the stick for his 'apparent' lack of match awareness in a game filled with intricacies. With fans comparing the 30-year-old with his predecessor MS Dhoni, who no doubt has already reserved a spot for himself in the pantheon of great captains, Kohli's reign as India captain has seen moments of doubt, raised by over-enthusiastic followers. But on Friday, Kohli showed his tactical brilliance to prove that he is no novice when it comes to devising plans.
During the morning session on Day 3 of the first Test match against South Africa at Visakhapatnam, Kohli plotted the fall of Temba Bavuma, guiding Ishant Sharma. In the 27th over, Ishant produced a cracker of a delivery to trap Bavuma in front. An inswinger out of the blue, after a series of deliveries on the off-stump in the previous delivery. Just before the wicket, an animated Kohli had a lengthy talk with the pacer, guiding how to ball the next delivery.
Watch it here, courtesy BCCI:
How Ishant & Virat plotted Bavuma's dismissal https://t.co/sjgldtLiiH— gujjubhai (@gujjubhai17) October 4, 2019
And lest we forget, Kohli is the most successful Test captain for India. He has 28 wins, including a record 13 overseas wins and highest ever win percentage for any Indian captain.
India, the top-ranked side in the world, dominated the Proteas so far in the match. Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal plundered runs on the first two days, allowing India to declare at 502/7. Then the bowlers are already on to the job, removing four visiting batsmen.