Feisty Indian batting star Virat Kohli sure knows how to give it back to those who think they can put pressure on the vice-captain of the Indian cricket team by sledging. Being called the ‘spoilt brat’ by the Australian team egged him on to overcome the odds and score a fantastic century at the MCG where India and Australia are battling for the honors. While India is playing to keep the series alive, the Australians are looking to seal the deal by winning the Boxing Day 3rd Test match being played at Melbourne in the four-match series. Kohli ensured that India remain in the hunt by scoring his career-best knock of 169 runs, which also made it his third century in this series.
It seems like Virat Kohli is taking a fancy to this Australian bowling attack. The swashbuckling right-handed batsman said after play ended on Day 3 of the third Test match that he relishes the challenge of playing against Australia and was delighted with the way the third day turned out for his side. Interestingly Kohli has scored five of his nine hundreds against Australia and he believes their attitude help him play better. There have been a lot of heated moments in this series and the Boxing Day Test was no different. “I like playing against Australia because it is very hard for them to stay calm, and I don’t mind an argument on the field, and it really excites me and brings the best out of me. So, they don’t seem to be learning the lesson,” said Virat Kohli after the game. This is certainly not the Kohli who had toured Australia back in 2011-12 as the new kid on the block. And very quickly Kohli has become a backbone of the Indian batting around whom the batting revolves.
The ICC Cricketer of The Year Mitchell Johnson and Virat Kohli, after exchanging words during the course of the game, entered a duel on the field with Kohli getting the better of him. The Johnson vs Kohli duel turned one-sided as the young Indian batsman took him on and hammered him around the MCG before finally falling to the same bowler, who ended up with ugly figures of 1-133 going for 4.5 per over most of the day.