Johannesburg: India batsman Virat Kohli was delighted with his career-best Test century in Johannesburg on Wednesday, saying he enjoyed batting up the order and was pleased to get his stint at number four off to a good start.
Part of his 'plan' was to negate the short-pitched bowling the Proteas were supposed to bowl at him, saying he felt good enough to counteract bouncers from speedsters like Dale Steyn.
Kohli said, "Apparently, I was described as soft after the first ODI. But I always had it in my mind that we will get short bowling, unless you attack. If they are quality bowlers, good enough to play at this level, but so are you.
"So I was prepared and was watching the ball closely. I got into position early and played some pull strokes, and after that they started bowling at the fifth or sixth stump. So I don't know where their bodyline tactic went."
Kohli's 119, beating his previous best of 116, negated the early wickets South Africa had claimed, and helped his side to 255 for 5 at stumps. He was batting in the position held by Sachin Tendulkar for the past 24 years, until his recent retirement.