Day 2 of the first test between India and Sri Lanka witnessed an inspiring moment when Indian Captain Rohit Sharma gathered his teammates to give former Captain Virat Kohli, a guard of honor.
Specifically, the Mohali Test took place as Kohli’s 100th match in the highest format, and on the second day the India team entered the field, Kohli’s teammates created a parallel line along the boundary line to praise the world superstar. .
The Delhi-born acknowledged the gratitude of his teammates and raised his hands to thank the crowd as well. After receiving a beautiful gesture, Kohli seemed overjoyed when he approached Rohit to shake his hand before the players formed the huddle.
The smile on @imVkohli's face says it all.#TeamIndia give him a Guard of Honour on his landmark Test.#VK100 @Paytm #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/Nwn8ReLNUV
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2022
Kohli is the 12th Indian cricketer and the 71st overall to have played 100 tests for his country. Current head coach Rahul Dravid had praised Kohli for reaching this milestone before the match.
“It is not easy to play 100 Test matches. Test cricket is not easy. To be able to play one is great, to be able to play 100 is a fantastic achievement. It is an achievement Virat Kohli can be proud of. He has always delivered, averages over 50 in 100 Test matches. It is a great achievement for one of India’s greatest players,” Dravid had said in a video shared by BCCI.
Back in the match, Kohli got out for 45 in first innings of India, where the hosts finally managed to place 574/8 before the announcement of the innings.
Cricketers such as Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari played their part in ensuring that India dominated the Lankan bowling attack. Jadeja remained undefeated at 175, while Pant scored a good 96 runs. Similarly, Ashwin and Vihari both scored 61 and 58, respectively.
The Indian bowling unit brought the dynamics very well, because Sri Lanka managed to place 108/4 on the stumps on day 2. Ashwin took two wickets for 21 of 13 overs, while Jasprit Bumrah (1/20) and Jadeja (1/30) each took one wicket..