Captain Virat Kohli is having a fabulous year with the bat in 2016 as he scored a magnificent 235 in the fourth test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to give India a commanding lead over England and help set up another likely win for the home team.
This was also the third double century that Kohli had scored in 2016 which put him in an elite list of players that included Ricky Ponting with 3 centuries in 2003, Brendon McCullum in 2014 and Don Bradman in 1930. Kohli had a rather poor series by his standards when India toured England the last time around and he will be very pleased with the way he has responded.
He has also pushed his test average for the first time above 50 in his career and now averages 50.53. He has now scored 692 runs in the series and has surpassed Rahul Dravid’s 602 in a four match test series against England. He has also joined an elite list of Indian players who have scored more than 600 runs in a series and joins the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Dilip Sardesai.
Before the start of the fourth test, Kohli was not very happy over the fact that England was allowed such a long break between the third and fourth test. The England squad holidayed in Dubai in an attempt to regroup and try and turn things around in the fourth test. Kohli wanted to ensure that the Indian squad gets a similar break when they tour England.
In a statement, Kohli said “Absolutely [England should not go home for the break]. Or we should come back for a month as well from England. No point we play there for three-and-a-half months and everything we do is in the media’s eyes, even our off time is scanned. I don’t have any news of them enjoying their holiday in Dubai at all. I would like to see the same thing happen. Either they stay the whole tour or we come back for 25 days as well.”
India need another four wickets to wrap up the fourth test and get a 3-0 lead and win the series. There is one more test left in the 5 match series scheduled to take place in Chennai and Kohli will want to win the final test and finish 2016 on a personal high as a batsman and as a captain.