first_imgCricket legend Sunil Gavaskar was all praise for Virat Kohli after the India captain notched up a classy century on the third day of the Perth Test on Sunday.Kohli’s knock was a perfect blend of caution and aggression as the world’s best batsman hit 13 fours and a six in his 257-ball stay at the crease at the Perth Stadium.En route his majestic 123, Kohli touched new highs in Test cricket as he not only equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of six hundreds in Australia but also became the second quickest to hit 25 centuries in the traditional format after Don Bradman.Kohli came on to the crease after India were reduced to 8 for 2 on the second day. He stitched fifty-plus partnerships with Cheteshwar Pujara, his deputy Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari.”Magnificent. Absolutely magnificent. What a pleasure to watch that because the way he composed it. He built it brick-by-brick. He started off in a bit of rush as if wanting to make a point that those two early wickets weren’t bothering him,” Gavaskar told Sony Six after the day’s play.Kohli exhibited his range of shots during his magnificent innings as his valiant effort took India within 43 runs of Australia’s first innings score of 326.”After he walked out to bat and the way he started against dangerous Josh Hazlewood showed that his intent was ‘look I am going to attack you guys, I will defend and I will make sure I take India as close as possible to Austalia’s score’. And in trying to do that, he showed us a range of shots, he showed us a tight defence, he showed what Test match batting is all about and it was just fantastic,” he said.advertisementGavaskar also advised youngsters to learn the tricks of the trade from Kohli innings.”Any youngster watching the game they should see how he did it, even for some of the young Australian batsmen, for example…Marcus Harris or Travis Head. The way he played straight, the way he was waiting for the right ball, yes occasionally he played and missed but it was an absolute masterpiece,” he said.Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke termed Kohli as “class above everybody” in his praise.”I think it’s the best hundred Virat Kohli has made so far. Class above everybody else,” Clarke said.Australia reached 132 for 4 at the close of play with Usman Khawaja 41 not out and captain Tim Paine unbeaten on 8. They have now extended their lead to 175.Also Read | Virat Kohli leads India’s battle on intriguing day vs AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s energy is infectious, says Jasprit Bumrah after enthralling dayAlso Read | My bat does the talking: Virat Kohli’s celebration after gritty Perth hundred wows fanslast_img

Absolute masterpiece: Sunil Gavaskar praises Virat Kohli’s gutsy Perth hundred

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