It was a great day of Cricket for India on the third day of the 3rd Test Match with England in Trent Bridge. After bowling out England for a mere 161 in the first innings, India had a healthy lead of 168 runs after the first innings. India capitalized on the situation with some good knocks by Dhawan, Pujara and Pandya but Virat Kohli stood out again with a brilliant century which took his tally to 23 test hundreds.
India decided to declare their innings at 352 for 7 and set a target of 521 runs to win. If England has to win the test match, they will have to set a new international record. Till now the highest runs scored to win a test match in the fourth innings is 418 scored by West Indies against Australia back in May, 2003.
Virat Kohli on the other hand was confident that India will make a comeback in the series. He led with example and by his brilliant batting performance has put India in a winning position. India is already 2-0 down in the series with England winning the first 2 test matches.
Virat Kohli along with coach Ravi Shastri have taken some heat from the Indian Cricket fans after the performance earlier in the test series. It was very important for the Indian Team to make a comeback and stay in the contention to win the series.
At stumps on day three, England have scored 23 runs without loosing a wicket. England still have to score 498 runs to win this match with 2 days of cricket remaining. England will have to take it session by session but even then the task at hand seems to be too steep. There have been a few indications of an injury to Ravi Ashwin which is a bit of a concern.
In a post-match interview, Pujara said that he seemed to be alright and should be able to go through. As an aggressive captain, Virat Kohli will not leave a stone unturned to take India through to a win in the 3rd test Match.
Cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman took to Twitter to congratulate Virat Kohli for his century and whished him luck to win the test match.
A few day earlier, Virat Kohli had also tweeted expressing his concern over the Floods in Kerala and had also thanked the Indian Army and the NDRF teams for their incredible support in such a critical condition.