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Virat Kohli since England Tests of 2014: 15 hundreds, 3699 runs in 37 Tests

first_imgVirat Kohli had a painful Test series in 2014 in England. In those five Tests, Kohli was troubled by the English swing bowlers with James Anderson dismissing him four times in 10 innings.Back then, he scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests and finished the series with an average of 13.50.Virat Kohli was largely troubled on the off stump line and was caught behind the stumps on six occasions (once by keeper and five times in the slip cordon).Anderson made Kohli his bunny while Stuart Broad (dismissed Kohli twice), Chris Jordan (dismissed Kohli twice), Liam Plunkett (dismissed Kohli once) and Moeen Ali (dismissed Kohli once) bowled probing lines and did not let him bat freely.But failure makes a person stronger.Kohli worked on his batting, took some invaluable tips from the great Sachin Tendulkar and is currently regarded as the best batsman in the world across formats.For Australia, Virat Kohli is similar to Steve Smith: Pat CumminsAfter the horror Test series in 2014, Kohli was already reeling under pressure to perform. To add to that pressure, he was given an added responsibility of leading the side when regular captain MS Dhoni was ruled out of the first Test in Australia in 2014.In the words of England great Alec Stewart, world class players “find a way to succeed” in tough situations. Kohli did just that. Virat Kohli slammed four Test centuries in Australia in 2014-15 (Getty Images)He smashed four centuries in as many matches and also instilled confidence in the team with their fighting spirit. India lost the series 2-0 but it was the beginning of an era for Indian cricket.advertisementDhoni retired after the Boxing Day Test and Kohli officially took charge of the Test team.Kohli’s aggression with the bat paid rich dividends and India reaped the rewards.Kohli is once again gearing up for a gruelling five-match series in England starting August 1 at Edgbaston. And all the eyes will be on him to do wonders as India look to win a Test series in England for the first time since 2007 when Rahul Dravid-led side beat England 1-0 in a three-match contest.In the four-year period between his sorry tour of England and now, Kohli has just grown in stature. He has scored runs wherever he has played and more importantly he has earned those runs.Also Read – Virat Kohli’s nightmare against spin continues in EnglandHe has played 37 Tests in this period and scored 15 centuries, including six double hundreds. He, in fact, is the only captain to record six double centuries in Test cricket. He has amassed 3699 runs at an incredible average of 64.89 and has also scored 7 fifties.He has also captained India in 35 Tests and has 21 wins, a record that has put him level with former India skipper Sourav Ganguly in the list of most Test wins by an Indian skipper.Virat Kohli is now six wins short of drawing level with MS Dhoni, India’s most successful captain in Tests (he is also India’s most successful captain in the other two formats). Virat Kohli holds the record for most Test double hundreds by a captain (BCCI Photo)While England remains the only place where Kohli has not scored enough Test runs, several experts believe he can turn things around this time. And why not! After all, Virat Kohli has proven his credentials in tough conditions in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.”He has had the white-ball internationals to get ready for the Test series. When you have the quality of Virat, you adjust accordingly and I expect him to have a big impact on the Test series. His record here cannot get worse, it can only improve and world-class players find a way of succeeding in tough conditions,” former England captain Alec Stewart told PTI in an interview.Sachin Tendulkar has also backed Kohli to do well in England this year.”Virat’s 2014 performance has got nothing to do with how he would perform in the upcoming series. And it’s not just about Virat’s performance. If you ask me if I am hopeful of a good show from Virat, my answer would be “Why only Virat? I am hopeful of a good show from the Indian team. It’s the team that needs to perform well,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by PTI.last_img read more