Former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt has showered praise on India skipper Virat Kohli for batting with immense focus on the second day of the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand despite the challenging pitch conditions in Southampton.
After being asked to bat first at the Ageas Bowl, India got off to steady start with Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma forged a crucial partnership of 62 runs for the opening wicket stand.
Following the departure of both the openers, India lost their momentum and were in trouble at 88 for 3.
However, Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane steadied the ship for their team with a defiant half-century stand for the fourth wicket.
Lauding Virat’s game awareness against high-quality Kiwi bowling attack, Salman said, “Kohli looked in complete control and focused on the job and Rahane is giving him good support. Even Pujara spent some time out in the middle even though he did not score many.”
Notably, Kohli smashed only one boundary despite having faced 124 balls on Day 2 of the WTC final.
When a fan asked Salman Butt to share his views on the same, he said, “That is his is application and attention to detail. His showed great game awareness and batted as per the demands of the situation.”
“Cricket literate public is aware of that, given the conditions, it was exactly the kind of innings which required,” the 36-year-old said in his latest YouTube video.