The second Test of the four-Test series between India and England is being played at M Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. By the end of the third day, India had tightened their grip on the match. After taking five wickets off the ball, Ravichandran Ashwin hit the fifth century of his career with a spectacular batting, which helped Team India score 286 in the second innings. Chasing 482, England lost three wickets. Apart from Ashwin, skipper Virat Kohli scored 62 runs while batting. Meanwhile, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has strongly praised Kohli’s innings.
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Speaking on Star Sports, Sunil Gavaskar said, “He has played with a lot of positive intentions and when you have the impression that your team should come to bat now, you know that you didn’t score big in the first innings. But, you see their wish. He was either going right ahead or going backwards. He was pushing the ball forward and giving himself time to see what the ball was doing when he went back. A batsman like Kohli does not miss such situations when the half volley is coming. He used his wrists well. It’s classy batting.
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After bowling from Moin Ali to zero in the first innings, Kohli was also very active with his shots. Kohli avoided taking a cover drive shot against Moin Ali, as he was dismissed for playing such a shot in the first inning. Team India captain Ravichandran Ashwin shared a 96-run partnership for the seventh wicket which helped India reach 200. However, Kohli once again failed to score a century.