Kohli: I've been waiting for my chance at four

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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.

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.

Kohli's 119, beating his previous best of 116, negated the early wickets South Africa had claimed, and helped his side to 255 for five at stumps. He was batting in the position held by Sachin Tendulkar for the past 24 years, until his recent retirement.

Kohli said at stumps: "I have been waiting for this opportunity to bat up the order. It is something that I badly wanted to do in Test cricket, because I am so used to going in at number three in ODIs.

"I like to be in the action early on, get in while conditions are tough and then dictate terms to the bowling.

"I had a plan in mind that I wanted to stick to. I wasn't thinking about bowling, conditions or the wicket. I just wanted to execute my plan."

He continued about his replacing the Little Master: "I knew once Sachin retired, I would get the chance to bat at number four. Like I said, I wanted to bat up the order.

"It is a big challenge considering that he has done so much for the team at this spot. But I wasn't thinking about it, just wanted to score runs and execute my plans.

"But it is also about owning a spot, putting a mark on your spot. So getting the hundred was an amazing feeling. I haven't got runs in South Africa, so I wanted to get a Test hundred here."

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 added: "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."

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