Virat Kohli sickness revealed by wife Anushka Sharma; Usman Khawaja, Shreyas Iyer injured, day four wrap
Indian star Virat Kohli’s wife has revealed that he battled through “sickness” to score a drought-breaking century against Australia on day four.
After beginning the day unbeaten on 59, Kohli finished on 186 as India were eventually bowled out for 571 – ending with a first innings lead of 91 runs.
Day four began with an Australian win, an Indian win and a draw all possible results, but Kohli batted India to safety, ensuring that only two results remain possible on day five – an Indian win or a draw.
AS IT HAPPENED: India v Australia fourth Test, day four
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Following his tremendous knock, Kohli’s wife, Anushka Sharma, took to social media to congratulate her husband.
Virat Kohli raises his bat after bringing up 100 runs in India’s final Test against Australia. (Robert Cianflone via Getty Images)
“Playing through sickness with this composure. Inspiring me always,” she wrote in a tweet.
The century was Kohli’s first in the red ball format since the 136 he scored against Bangladesh back in November 2019, a Test century drought spanning an incredible 23 matches.
Kohli remained without a century in 2020, 2021 and 2022 after notching at least two Test centuries in every year between 2012 and 2019.
The former Indian captain continued his tremendous record against Australia, making his eighth century in a Border-Gavaskar contest in 42 innings. Kohli’s last century against Australia came in 2018 when he made 123 in Perth.
Usman Khawaja clutches his knee after an attempted catch on the boundary. (Fox Sports)
Despite his brilliance, Kohli was certainly not alone as KS Bharat (44) and Axar Patel (79) both proved valuable allies in ensuring India would end the day in a commanding position.
There were injury concerns for both sides on day four. India’s Shreyas Iyer did not bat after being forced to have scans on a sore back, while Usman Khawaja injured his knee in a fielding mishap on the boundary.
After being forced off the field, Khawaja did not open Australia’s second innings, with the No.11 from the first innings, Matthew Kuhnemann, accompanying Travis Head for a tricky six-over period to end the day’s play.
While an Australian win is virtually out of the question, the tourists will want to win the first session on day five to ensure that an iconic Indian win mirroring Australia’s unforgettable result against England in Adelaide in 2006 is impossible.
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