In a thrilling battle between India and the West Indies on Day 1 of the second Test in Trinidad, star batsman Virat Kohli once again demonstrated his prowess, leaving fans worldwide in awe.
However, it appears that one of his fervent admirers is none other than West Indies wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva’s mother.
On the opening day of the Test match, da Silva was caught on the stump mic sharing a light-hearted anecdote. He revealed that his mother had expressed her excitement to watch the iconic Indian batter in action rather than her own son.
“My mom told me on the phone that she’s coming to see Virat and not me. That’s literally what my mom said. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t blame her, to be honest. She’s right up there watching,” said da Silva.
Despite the prevailing discussion about Kohli’s perceived struggle against spin bowling in recent years, the former Indian captain silenced critics with a remarkable display at the crease.
After an impressive century partnership between the openers, India faced a challenging phase at 182/4. Kohli, however, exhibited remarkable resilience and determination as he found a reliable ally in all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
Together, the duo thwarted the West Indies bowlers and kept the scoreboard ticking, leading to a wicketless second and third session on Day 1. Kohli’s unbeaten 87* and Jadeja’s steady 36* led India to a commanding total of 288/4 at stumps.
The pitch, exhibiting signs of drying up, has further added to the West Indies’ woes, as they face the daunting prospect of batting against the formidable duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the later stages of the Test match.
With Kohli’s masterclass at the forefront, India finds itself in a strong position heading into Day 2. The team’s performance has certainly justified their decision to bat first despite challenging conditions. As the match progresses, cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await further displays of brilliance from the Indian skipper and his team, while also keeping an eye on da Silva’s valiant efforts to impress his cricket-loving mother.