The outstanding performance of former Indian captain Virat Kohli on day 4 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final, in the opinion of Akash Chopra, it gives India hope of chasing a considerable mark in the fourth innings on the fifth day.
India ended the day at 164/3 on Saturday (June 10), thanks in no small part to Kohli’s unbeaten 44 in 60 deliveries. They still need 280 runs to win their first ICC championship since the 2013 Champions Trophy.
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With it taking 280 runs to win the game and still having seven wickets in hand, former Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is undoubtedly in excellent form heading into Day 5. Aakash Chopra, a cricket specialist, recently he uploaded a video to his YouTube channel in which he stated that Kohli seems to be at the top of his abilities and that India has a good chance of winning. The team cannot afford to be complacent as the goal is still important.
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“280 races are required. There is a full day of play left and we have seven wickets in hand. Virat Kohli looks like 24 karat gold and Ajinkya Rahane stands next to him. Kohli and Rahane have played well. Kohli looks extremely sublime, playing proper drives and flicks, he looks great, touchwood. Ajinkya Rahane provides calm and solidity. He looks like the old Ajinkya Rahane”. Aakash Chopra said.
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As India dropped to 93/3 after losing Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession, Rahane joined Kohli in the middle. The pair have added 71 runs so far and will be looking to replicate their partnership of 262 runs at the fourth wicket against the same opponents on Boxing Day in 2014.
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“Can India repeat Gabba at The Oval?” – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra, a former starter for India, believes that belief will play a big role in determining how the final day of the India-Australia test match will turn out. Chopra draws parallels between the current circumstance and India’s historic victory in Gabba earlier this year to argue that, to repeat that feat, the Indian team will need to have strong and unwavering belief in their own abilities.
“Can India repeat Gabba at The Oval? You can also make a hole in the sky, but you have to believe that you can do it. So in today’s 90+ game, the new ball will also arrive at some point, it’s all about believe.” Aakash Chopra said.
“Ability will be important, but belief will be just as important, if this is possible. I don’t think it can be a draw, either India or Australia will win, but going for the win is everything.” Aakash Chopra added.
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However, Chopra stated that the match is still in Australia’s favour, and that India requires a miracle. He said that Virat Kohli will need to make a great century, and the careers of Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur’s willows will be needed for Rohit Sharma and co. to achieve the unfathomable.
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