Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 3rd day January 26, 2012

Kohli's aborted celebration

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The replay
Gautam Gambhir's tour has been full of replays. His first three dismissals were near identical, poking on or around off, and edging to the keeper or the slips. In his fourth innings of the series, Gambhir fought that tendency, but in his sixth innings of the series he found a new way to get out: short ball, at the chin, fended away to gully. In the seventh innings, which was today, he provided a replay of the new dismissal, fending in front of his neck, lobbing the ball to gully.

The stoppage
At around noon the players had to stop play for about two minutes. Not for injury, not for damage to the ball, not because of any movement behind the sight screen. The interruption was because it is Australia Day today, and the 21-gun salute at the adjacent Torrens Parade Ground was too loud.

The stoppage, part II
It has become almost rote for the umpires to check on the no-ball every time India lose a wicket. It happened on three occasions today, after the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Wriddhiman Saha. On the first go, the bowler's foot was just in, and on the next two well behind the crease. The crowd duly booed those stoppages.

The replay, part II
In his first innings in Test cricket, Saha shouldered arms to a reverse-swinging Dale Steyn in Nagpur, and found his off stump had been pegged back. Now playing a proper Test - as a wicketkeeper-batsman and not as someone forced to play as a specialist batsman because the squad didn't have another batsman - Saha has impressed everybody with his keeping. With the bat, too, he got stuck in, added 114 with Virat Kohli, but at the stroke of tea he offered no stroke to the second new ball. It seamed back in, hitting the top of off, reminding you of his first dismissal.

The celebration
When Kohli pierced the field on 99, his celebrations were of pure release and relief after the pressure he has been under. In all that he forgot he had hit it well enough to take about three. In the middle of his celebrations the realisation dawned. He aborted the festivities, took the second, and leapt in the air again. India's only centurion on the tour can be pardoned that much.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Sunil2381 on | January 27, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Give the young guy a break, he atleast reached a hundred unlike your "GOD" who cant get to three figures in the last year... or the "Wall" or "thats the way I play I am sehwag" or "captain cool big sucker" or "LAX-MAN" or the highest paid jerk in the IPL Gauti... who kept falling to stupid shots...jeez... he has every right to celebrate cos he has done what no one else has on this tour.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    @merlin rajesh -- what virat is showing is aus can be beaten their bowlers are not that threatning if you apply yourself. the other greats of india should take a leaf of this going to be great.

  • POSTED BY iluvkapil on | January 27, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    It is always better Kohli or some so called batsmen scoring a century than Ishant or Vinay Kumar. We can say we have one batsmen in this tour. Looking back at the tour when Kumble was the only one to score a century there.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | January 27, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: Just like two decades of floggings at the hands of the Australians is still clearly haunting you. Since you are still so obsessed with getting one-up on us despite such a great performance by the Combined XI last summer. Didn't England get bowled out for 51 in 2009? Against the 'might' of the West Indies?!?! I guess you're just still a little hesitant to go to those Pak-Eng articles for the time being?

  • POSTED BY Mahesh4811 on | January 27, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    @Merlin rajesh: i agree with you!

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    @Sreeni Iyer, What do so-called "racist attacks on Indians in Australia" have to do with anything, and what makes you think attacks on Indians are "racist", any more than simply Indians having a lot of after hours jobs and being, possibly, targeted BECAUSE of the publicity the Indian press has given them? On the subject of Kholi's celebrations, given that it was his maiden Test ton, given the sort of pressure the whole team, and him being one of the youngest, has been under, and given that you'd celebrate a ton in CLUB cricket, let alone Test cricket, I don't blame him one bit for celebrating and probably being distracted by his ton.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 26, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    @ sundarvk - I'd agree re: Sehwag, particularly if he has to bowl 10 to 15 overs today! == == == Only a monor issue with Kholi's cellarbration. If you notice, when an Ozzy & most other players, gets their 100, they cellebrate AFTER completing their runs! (or in a way that doesn't stop them getting a 2nd, or 3rd) LOL! He was celebrating & did himself out of a 3rd run. It looked a bit amateur, happy for him, but hopefully he won't do that again until AFTER he has stopped running!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Well at the start one thought that India had the chance to win the series. That it didn't pan out is a serious blow to the Indian psyche, since Indians really look to the cricket team to right for them. all the wrongs they endure. So, one would then think that given all the racist attacks on Indians in Australia, the cricket team would definitely fill that expectation. That didn't pan out. Jan26 = Indian Republic Day: That should have motivated them to do well at least in the 4th test on a flat track.

    Based on reality, one can conclude that the problem is definitely psychological - and of the mind. Not acknowledging that is the mistake made by the team management. No matter what your past is, if you don't perform in 2-3 tests, you just have to sit out the next one - this is SPORT - if they can't understand that about man-management, they don't deserve to be in the top-3 anyways.

  • POSTED BY cricketisagame on | January 26, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    @ Merlin Rajesh, your comment looks funny and childish. What are you trying to say? No one is allowed to score a century in the loosing cause? He did not do that in a selfish nature like few of the so called Indian greats!!. Because of his century, India did able to score few runs at least.

  • POSTED BY Pavan_2020 on | January 26, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @Merlin - Did you ever play any kind of game in your life? if you did you wouldnt be saying this - everybody was happy for him - so should you be.

  • POSTED BY Sunil2381 on | January 27, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Give the young guy a break, he atleast reached a hundred unlike your "GOD" who cant get to three figures in the last year... or the "Wall" or "thats the way I play I am sehwag" or "captain cool big sucker" or "LAX-MAN" or the highest paid jerk in the IPL Gauti... who kept falling to stupid shots...jeez... he has every right to celebrate cos he has done what no one else has on this tour.

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    @merlin rajesh -- what virat is showing is aus can be beaten their bowlers are not that threatning if you apply yourself. the other greats of india should take a leaf of this going to be great.

  • POSTED BY iluvkapil on | January 27, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    It is always better Kohli or some so called batsmen scoring a century than Ishant or Vinay Kumar. We can say we have one batsmen in this tour. Looking back at the tour when Kumble was the only one to score a century there.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | January 27, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: Just like two decades of floggings at the hands of the Australians is still clearly haunting you. Since you are still so obsessed with getting one-up on us despite such a great performance by the Combined XI last summer. Didn't England get bowled out for 51 in 2009? Against the 'might' of the West Indies?!?! I guess you're just still a little hesitant to go to those Pak-Eng articles for the time being?

  • POSTED BY Mahesh4811 on | January 27, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    @Merlin rajesh: i agree with you!

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    @Sreeni Iyer, What do so-called "racist attacks on Indians in Australia" have to do with anything, and what makes you think attacks on Indians are "racist", any more than simply Indians having a lot of after hours jobs and being, possibly, targeted BECAUSE of the publicity the Indian press has given them? On the subject of Kholi's celebrations, given that it was his maiden Test ton, given the sort of pressure the whole team, and him being one of the youngest, has been under, and given that you'd celebrate a ton in CLUB cricket, let alone Test cricket, I don't blame him one bit for celebrating and probably being distracted by his ton.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 26, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    @ sundarvk - I'd agree re: Sehwag, particularly if he has to bowl 10 to 15 overs today! == == == Only a monor issue with Kholi's cellarbration. If you notice, when an Ozzy & most other players, gets their 100, they cellebrate AFTER completing their runs! (or in a way that doesn't stop them getting a 2nd, or 3rd) LOL! He was celebrating & did himself out of a 3rd run. It looked a bit amateur, happy for him, but hopefully he won't do that again until AFTER he has stopped running!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Well at the start one thought that India had the chance to win the series. That it didn't pan out is a serious blow to the Indian psyche, since Indians really look to the cricket team to right for them. all the wrongs they endure. So, one would then think that given all the racist attacks on Indians in Australia, the cricket team would definitely fill that expectation. That didn't pan out. Jan26 = Indian Republic Day: That should have motivated them to do well at least in the 4th test on a flat track.

    Based on reality, one can conclude that the problem is definitely psychological - and of the mind. Not acknowledging that is the mistake made by the team management. No matter what your past is, if you don't perform in 2-3 tests, you just have to sit out the next one - this is SPORT - if they can't understand that about man-management, they don't deserve to be in the top-3 anyways.

  • POSTED BY cricketisagame on | January 26, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    @ Merlin Rajesh, your comment looks funny and childish. What are you trying to say? No one is allowed to score a century in the loosing cause? He did not do that in a selfish nature like few of the so called Indian greats!!. Because of his century, India did able to score few runs at least.

  • POSTED BY Pavan_2020 on | January 26, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @Merlin - Did you ever play any kind of game in your life? if you did you wouldnt be saying this - everybody was happy for him - so should you be.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    @Merlin: Kholi is the only Indian batsmen to show some determination in staying out there in the middle dealing with the aussie sledging, he is the only one to have shown a spine, he is the only one playing FOR India. The rest of the team need to learn from the young fella. FTR: I am enjoying the Aussie domination, but credit where credit is due, Kholi played supremely and deserves his celebration.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    @Merlin Rajesh .. why dont you ask that question to our legend Sachin...

  • POSTED BY Nish_US on | January 26, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Yes, Kohli is playing for the pride of the Indian team... I will not bother even if he runs a single instead of a possible three.... as the other two does not make much of a difference...to the end result...or the series result....

    ... but the way he celebrated.. it made my day.. the one moment I truly cherished in the whole series... It may be a in a losing cause.. but it shows how determined he is... how frustrated he is with the sledging around... and how much he wanted to give it back to the aussies.... It also shows that if you apply enough.. you can still do it.. even if not greatly talented..... Kudos to Kohli...

    Ofcorse he is also doing it for his own good.. to cement his place in the team... but the hunger he's shown... good signs for future....

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    @Merlin rajesh: When India lost the first 2 tests, it was the entire team that performed badly, but only Kohli was being targeted by media and fans like you to be dropped. He was being singled out in a team of failures... Now that the same team is still failing, would you blame him to celebrate coz he rose above every one else and proved the critics wrong? You cannot single handedly win a test match, but you can single handedly redeem yourself and make a name for yourself under trying conditions... he was jubilant because he was able to do that...

  • POSTED BY ChuckyDoll on | January 26, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    I don't understand the logic behind "not making any changes" especially when things have not gone your way. Isn't making adjustments part of the game ? What adjustments have the Indians tried ? They haven't shuffled the order, haven't changed personnel , nothing. Then how can we expect a different result ?

  • POSTED BY sundarvk on | January 26, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    I would say, in second innings ask Dravid to open with Gambir and Virat should come at 3 and Shewag should drop down to 6 if India is even thinking of draw in this match. With all these if they loose , that's fine. It's worth trying and loosing instead of just loosing the same way . Again Congrats to Kohli and he's really a fighter which we have seen in last year IPL (batted forRCB) . I would say being couple more new players and give them enough time to settle and next time when India go to Australia who knows even Clarke won't be there (apart form Ponting and Hussey) which makes them very fragile as everyone knows only those three scored most of the runs in all 4 tests. Good Luck INDIA for a DRAW here ...

  • POSTED BY SillyLeg on | January 26, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    The fundamental problem with the Indian cricket team is that even in the middle of a game, individual milestones and achievements are more important than the team. The point of the game is to win the match. How can any of these guys with any pride or self-repect even think of celebrating like Kohli did? Save that for a victory man!! Getting a hundred was good. Congratulations. Next time in a similar situation, finish taking the runs, raise your bat, and keep your game face on...your team has its back against the wall, is staring defeat in its face, and there is much to be done.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    @ElvisKing are you for real? one thing kohli has shown is this is a good wicket to bat on still...

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | January 26, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    All Aussies have surely got to accept that England served up the once-great India on a plate for easy takings. How the echos of 'Ashes' and '47' (the list goes on a long way) must still haunt them..

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    I visited Cricinfo today to see if there were any retirement or injury announcements from the Indian side. None yet! hmm.. BTW, Virat Kohli tells why Rohit Sharma should play! Kinda reminds me the last few months of a certain Indian fast bowler. Folks were waiting to see if he would get past Hadlee when the critics were calling for him to go. It was a shocker to me when he finally retired. Looking back at those days, people have been more informed and more patient to THE three. And rightfully so.

  • POSTED BY Asadpk on | January 26, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Kohli celebrated too much, okay it was his first Test century after he was under so much pressure but he reacted as if he had single-handedly won India the World Cup! Looking back at Tendulkar, Dravid, Sehwag, Laxman's celebrations even after making 200 they didn't celebrate like that, it was almost embarassing.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Mr Dinosaurus. The two field umpires and the third umpire are not BCCI employees! At this rate, if you suffer from constipation, that will also be attributed to the mischief of BCCI. (By the way, I am not a BCCI fan. Most of our problems can be traced to the businessmen and politicians who control BCCI. But not the replays!

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    @Vinit Kohli never said that directly.... By his celebration that is the message I am getting... I would appreciate, if he has celebrated like this after we have won this match...Its not only about Kohli... Its about everyone... If you are playing in a team...You play for the team...When you do that individual records will automatically come...Most of the players don't play for the team...The way the celebrate the individual records clearly shows their objective...

  • POSTED BY ooper_cut on | January 26, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @ gogoldengreens and dinosaurus.... Why blame the BCCI for something that the ICC cannot or will not enforce. BCCI is an Indian cricket association not a world body.

  • POSTED BY sk12 on | January 26, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    On a side note, Saha looks a real good keeper. Just wonder why he doesnt come up to the stumps for Zaheer Khan. Dhoni did that for Praveen KUmar for a very brief while in England. Both these bowlers 'might' have been more effetive with the batsman not standing a foot outside the crease whiel facing them. And they are both just medium pace.

  • POSTED BY pritpalpabla on | January 26, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    @Merlin there should be some limit to criticism... Now you want Kohli not to celebrate his ton like the way he did... Just to remind you, they had a tough month including all the big stars... and he knows what it takes to make a ton in Australia...

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @Merlin....where did you hear kohli say that?

  • POSTED BY ElvisKing on | January 26, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    @ Merlin Rajesh ..He is playing for a win here. Australia did the mistake of batting again!

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | January 26, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    India need to replace the whole batting order barring Kohli. He is the only one willing to take the fight to Australia. The rest of the group is just seem to be on a some sort of a goodwill tour from their last visit. What Rohit Sharma is sitting on sideline for a month?

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Indian player don't care about his team. ...very funny

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Who cares what the team's position is. I got the hundred and I will celebrate... Kohli... But is your hundred helping the team to win? or atleast a draw? Whom are you playing for? you or team?

  • POSTED BY VEGHA on | January 26, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    In India second innings Batting Order must be changed if Viru is interested to save this match. Kohli should bat at No.2 position and let us give him a chance to perform.

  • POSTED BY gogoldengreens on | January 26, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    India is against DRS and so it is not in use for this series.... Why is there a replay for most incidents to see if they can help the Indian who has just been given out?

  • POSTED BY Abdurrazaaq on | January 26, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Credit to kohli for being the only batsman to acclimatize to the conditions among a team of 11 players .....

  • POSTED BY dinosaurus on | January 26, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Is this replay of Indian dismissals a deliberate DRS for India's benefit only? If so it's pretty ugly behaviour of BCCI.

  • POSTED BY baskar_guha on | January 26, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    I rather Saha lose his off stump than give catching practice to slips by playing at deliveries outside off.

    Kohli felt like a pressure cooker that lost its top. His face showed so many feelings - of relief, of anger, of happiness, of determination.

    In these two gents, the future of Indian test cricket is in good hands -- they are not as skilled as their previously fabulous seniors (perhaps) but they come across as both scrappy and tenacious.

  • POSTED BY andrew-schulz on | January 26, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    No Kohli can not be pardoned for placing a celebration above runs on the board for his team. He was more interested in a century than putting piles of runs on the board in the closing over of a world cup match against Bangladesh last year. It is a disgrace, especially when his team is in such great need. It has been an Indian trait over many years. And yes, Saha's keeping was reasonably good. It beats me, though, how he can not get up to the stumps when the batsmen are running four. Both Dhoni and Haddin have been pathetic in that area.

  • POSTED BY azmal007 on | January 26, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    lol........it should be more shameful for the indians getting released from follow-on in the form of alms. seems like Aussies are determined to essence all sorts of winning flavor in this series. ** Personal opinion to the world champions(!) : forget the national team & try to play with our club teams next time you come here in aussie land.

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    aussies dont want to take a risk by enforcing follow on ,this is indias chance, kohli should bat at no,3 and at least we can think about saving this test cortesy the pitch not deteriorating too much

  • POSTED BY LuvThyGame on | January 26, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    VK has finally arrived in Tests... he is a true fighter.. mark my words (and frame it somewhere).. he is the future Indian captain across all formats of the game...

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Kholi is a player of the future, if he can score runs off this bowling attack, he can torment any attack and be the new batsman that Australia would find tough to keep quiet. Dravid or Laxman have to go.

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  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Kholi is a player of the future, if he can score runs off this bowling attack, he can torment any attack and be the new batsman that Australia would find tough to keep quiet. Dravid or Laxman have to go.

  • POSTED BY LuvThyGame on | January 26, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    VK has finally arrived in Tests... he is a true fighter.. mark my words (and frame it somewhere).. he is the future Indian captain across all formats of the game...

  • POSTED BY on | January 26, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    aussies dont want to take a risk by enforcing follow on ,this is indias chance, kohli should bat at no,3 and at least we can think about saving this test cortesy the pitch not deteriorating too much

  • POSTED BY azmal007 on | January 26, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    lol........it should be more shameful for the indians getting released from follow-on in the form of alms. seems like Aussies are determined to essence all sorts of winning flavor in this series. ** Personal opinion to the world champions(!) : forget the national team & try to play with our club teams next time you come here in aussie land.

  • POSTED BY andrew-schulz on | January 26, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    No Kohli can not be pardoned for placing a celebration above runs on the board for his team. He was more interested in a century than putting piles of runs on the board in the closing over of a world cup match against Bangladesh last year. It is a disgrace, especially when his team is in such great need. It has been an Indian trait over many years. And yes, Saha's keeping was reasonably good. It beats me, though, how he can not get up to the stumps when the batsmen are running four. Both Dhoni and Haddin have been pathetic in that area.

  • POSTED BY baskar_guha on | January 26, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    I rather Saha lose his off stump than give catching practice to slips by playing at deliveries outside off.

    Kohli felt like a pressure cooker that lost its top. His face showed so many feelings - of relief, of anger, of happiness, of determination.

    In these two gents, the future of Indian test cricket is in good hands -- they are not as skilled as their previously fabulous seniors (perhaps) but they come across as both scrappy and tenacious.

  • POSTED BY dinosaurus on | January 26, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Is this replay of Indian dismissals a deliberate DRS for India's benefit only? If so it's pretty ugly behaviour of BCCI.

  • POSTED BY Abdurrazaaq on | January 26, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Credit to kohli for being the only batsman to acclimatize to the conditions among a team of 11 players .....

  • POSTED BY gogoldengreens on | January 26, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    India is against DRS and so it is not in use for this series.... Why is there a replay for most incidents to see if they can help the Indian who has just been given out?

  • POSTED BY VEGHA on | January 26, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    In India second innings Batting Order must be changed if Viru is interested to save this match. Kohli should bat at No.2 position and let us give him a chance to perform.