It was business as usual for Virat Kohli, who smashed the fourth hundred of a bumper home season to extend India’s domination over Bangladesh in the one-off Test in Hyderabad.
Kohli raced to his 16th hundred in Test cricket off 130 balls. He remained unbeaten on 111 as India finished Day 1 on 356/3. Ajinkya Rahane was batting on 45.
After opting to bat, India lost Lokesh Rahul in the first over. However, a 178-run partnership for the second wicket between Murali Vijay (108) and Cheteshwar Pujara (83) set the tone for Kohli to launch an assault on Bangladesh’s hapless bowlers.
This was also Kohli’s ninth hundred as India’s captain. Three of those came against Australia in 2014-15. He scored another hundred against Sri Lanka before hitting a maiden double hundred against West Indies.
Kohli then scored a double hundred against New Zealand before returning hitting 167 and 235 against England. He is in fact joint-second on the list alongside Mohammad Azharuddin. Sunil Gavaskar, who made 11 hundreds as captain in 47 Tests is on top. Sachin Tendulkar is fourth on the list with seven hundreds from 25 Tests as captain.
Kohli has been in sensational form this season. After hammering his maiden double hundred in the West Indies last year, the 28-year-old has had a bumber time at home.
He has so far scored two double hundreds and two hundreds in nine home Tests since September. India have four more matches lined up against Australia.
Kohli, in the course of his innings, became the third Indian after Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag to score 1000 Test runs in a home season. He is in fact now second on the list after Sehwag for batsmen with most runs in a home Test season.
Kohli had a sensational 2016 – he amassed 2595 international runs including 1215 in Tests. As many as 655 of those runs came against England in a five-Test series that India won 4-0.
The run-machine from Delhi is the only Indian captain with three double hundreds in Test cricket and holds a record for most Test wins (9) in a year. Under Kohli, India have won five successive series and are comfortably placed on top of the ICC’s Test rankings.
Source: India Today