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

Kohli's aborted celebration

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third day of the fourth Test between Australia and India in Adelaide

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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  • Sunil 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dev 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.

  • Mick 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?

  • Mahesh on January 27, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    @Merlin rajesh: i agree with you!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Andrew 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!!!!!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Ash 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.

  • Pavan 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.

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