Indian skipper Virat Kohli seems to have given a befitting reply to critics who criticised him for his form. He ended his lean patch in the current series against New Zealand with a remarkable double century in their test against the Kiwis. This happens to be Kohli’s second double century in test cricket. Kohli, who is known to set new cricketing records, by scoring his second double ton in Indore has become the first Indian test captain to score two double centuries in test cricket.
The first test double ton was scored by him this year against the West Indies in the Antigua test in July. His Indore test century was scored in 347 balls .This century included 18 boundaries. The Indian skipper scored the century in the first day of the Indore test. This happened in the last session of the day. Kohli was unbeaten for 103 runs on that day. In the following days Virat continued his immaculate form and kept scoring runs. He posed a real danger to the Kiwi bowlers. He looked even more aggressive in the post lunch session when he scored his 150. From then on he seemed to be unstoppable. He kept scoring for the team.
On day one the Indian skipper started to bat when his team didn’t seem to be in a comfortable position at 60/2. Kohli’s 40 runs stand with his teammate Pujara came in handy. However, Pujara couldn’t go much further and he fell at 41. Ajinkya Rahane came in next after Pujara. For the Black Caps, nothing seemed to work against the Kohli – Rahane partnership.
Kohli scored his last test century when he scored the double ton against West Indies in July. However, after that knock, he seemed to have been out of form. Since then he made scores of 44, 3, 4, 9, 18, 9 and 45. From his last seven test innings, Kohli’s average was 18.85. MS Dhoni, the former Indian test captain, holds the record of scoring the highest runs by a captain (224). Kohli had a great opportunity to break this record of his former teammate. However, he could not succeed after he got out for 211 just after tea when Jeetan Patel got him lbw. The New Zealand Coach praised Kohli’s batting which had brought the home team to a very dominant position in the third and final test.
The Kiwi coach, commenting on Kohli’s current form, said that Kohli’s batting was very high quality in nature. According to Mike Hesson only a good delivery could get half chances against such batting. Although they went through long periods of play and made a lot of game plans and stuck to them Kohli’s immaculate form shattered all their plans Hesson added , “Kohli killed us softly, is the nicest way of describing it, after scoring about 120 singles”.