Rohit Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Virat Kohli

IND vs SA 3rd Test: Virat Kohli applauds Rohit Sharma’s firmly struck pull shot off Lungi Ngidi

South Africa have struggled in Indian conditions, and not winning the toss in the ongoing Test series has only made things tougher for them.


Opting to bat first in Vizag and Pune, India put up 500-plus totals to virtually bat the visitors out of the game. But the visitors picked wickets with the new ball on Day 1 of the third Test in Ranchi.

Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara got out cheaply to Kagiso Rabada, which brought the Indian skipper Virat Kohli to the middle much earlier than he anticipated.


Kohli joined opener Rohit Sharma with India’s score reading 16/2, and the duo concentrated on rebuilding the innings. After a few plays and misses though Rohit got into his elements and started to play his shots after the first drinks break.

Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara got out cheaply to Kagiso Rabada, which brought the Indian skipper Virat Kohli to the middle much earlier than he anticipated.

Kohli joined opener Rohit Sharma with India’s score reading 16/2, and the duo concentrated on rebuilding the innings. After a few plays and misses though Rohit got into his elements and started to play his shots after the first drinks break.

It was in the 15th over of the innings which left Kohli overawed after watching Rohit playing the pull shot. After tying him up for a long time, Lungi Ngidi pulled the length back; he tried to surprise the batsman with a bouncer. But ‘Hitman’ was ready as he pulled the Proteas pacer brilliantly over square leg. And captain Kohli was quick to applaud his limited-overs deputy in the middle.

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