Mumbai: Indian Test captain Virat Kohli writes his own script. He became the first Indian captain to score two double tons. He had earlier scored his first double hundred against West Indies at Antigua. Kohli scored a magnificent 211 before getting out to Kiwi off-spinner Jeetan Patel. The partnership between Ajinkya Rahane (188) and Virat Kohli (211) of 365 runs have put India in a commanding position and the crowd at Holkar stadium, Indore have got their monies worth and have witnessed a masterclass from Rahane and Kohli.
India eventually declared at 557 for five while New Zealanders ended the day on 28 for no loss getting to play only nine overs.
The skipper has been in sublime form of late. He already has 25 ODI centuries to his name and scored four tons in the recently concluded IPL for his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kohli is a hard task master and doesn’t get satisfied easily. He has scored most of his Test centuries overseas and enjoys the extra responsibility of leading the side and performing for the team when the chips are down or team is facing an uphill task.
India had started the series very well but captain was not contributing and Kohli played a very unusual and circumspect innings. He waited for loose deliveries and attacked the bowlers when they were tiring and did not hit a single maximum. The innings was not pretty but it was needed especially when India lost their third wicket at the score of 100.
Kohli will celebrate his 28th birthday in November and has already hit 38 international tons and the rate that he is going and with 10 more Test matches to come at home many records will be broken and he has created a niche and stature for himself in Indian cricket.