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India vs Sri Lanka: Kohli Not at Fault For Late Declaration

Cricketnext | Updated: November 21, 2017, 3:45 PM IST
India vs Sri Lanka: Kohli Not at Fault For Late Declaration

A screen grab of Virat Kohli asking Ravi Shastri for declaration. (Twitter/BCCI)

New Delhi: On Monday, India came tantalisingly close to registering a win against Sri Lanka in the first Test at Kolkata. Indian pacers Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar brought out all they had, to wrap up the Lankan innings in a session-and-a-half. After being set a target of 231 runs, the visitors could only manage 75/7, before bad light stopped play on the final day.

In what turned out to be a great outing for Team India, skipper Virat Kohli's decision of declaration after scoring a hundred did come under scrutiny. Had India declared four-five overs earlier, Kohli & co. would have registered another Test win, but that was not to be.

In the post match conference too, India opener KL Rahul expressed his views regarding the same. He went on to say that they just needed four-five overs more to wrap up the Lankan tail.

But to be fair to Kohli, the ace batsman did signal to the dressing room, asking about declaration when batting on 97. But head coach Ravi Shastri advised against it, and asked him to complete his ton. BCCI tweeted a video of the same, and wrote "How about that for sign language? Care to decode this conversation between the Captain and Coach? #INDvSL."

This was Kohli's 18th Test ton, and 11th as India captain. En Route hundred, he broke a few more records. This was his 50th ton across all the formats, and became the fastest batsman along with Hashim Amla to achieve this milestone.
First Published: November 21, 2017, 3:45 PM IST

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