India bowled out England for 180 in their second innings on day three to set themselves a 194-run target to win the first cricket Test, here today. Kohli, who was the stand-in captain at the time, was clear that India would go for the target.
"It was hard. I told myself it was important to enjoy this, take it upon me as a challenge to take the team far", said Kohli when asked about his mindset in the middle where the other batsmen struggled. In the process, he also became the second captain in history to score twin centuries on captaincy debut.
18- Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan looked promising and not only kept the England bowlers at bay but also got off the blocks rapidly and when they put together 50 runs for the first wicket, it came after 18 innings after Abhinav Mukund and Gautam Gambhir put on 63 in the first innings at Lord's in July 2011. Kohli played with great control and maturity and scored a sublime 103 (his 11th Test ton and 8th away from home).
1 - Virat Kohli completed 7,000 Test runs in global cricket as a captain in just 124 innings.
When India reached Mumbai for the fourth Test of the five-match series, they were already 2-0 up and skipper Virat Kohli was in tremendous form.
Remarkably, Kohli added 92 runs with India's tail order, each of which combined for a total of eight runs.
Editorial team of CricketCountry. Kohli ended up making more than half the runs India made and, vitally, allowed England just a minor lead of 13 runs.
Despite wickets falling around him, Kohli didn't lose focus and played a gem of an innings.
For England, Bairstow was the top scorer in the morning session, stroking his way to 28 runs off 40 balls with five boundaries.
At the break, Kohli (53) and Ravichandran Ashwin (6) went back undefeated after England managed to take three more wickets in the post-lunch session.
India were 1-0 down in the Test series and the batsmen were having a frightful outing when they arrived at Centurion. The skipper played one of the grittiest knocks of his career to score 153 and became the second Indian captain to score a hundred in South Africa after Sachin Tendulkar in 1997.