Kohli achieves tall order

Telford Vice

VIRAT Kohli stands 10cm taller than Sachin Tendulkar. On the opening day of the test series between South Africa and India at the Wanderers yesterday, he grew several feet in stature.

To Kohli has fallen the mission impossible of succeeding Tendulkar at No 4 in India’s batting lineup. How to replace a retired god? Score a century. And not just any century: score one that matters.

Kohli’s career-best 119, hammered out on an unforgiving anvil of a pitch for four-and-a-half hours in which he faced 181 balls and hit 18 fours, was exactly that. It was also the key to India reaching 255/5 at stumps.

 

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