Virat Kohli Birthday: Top 5 Kohli knocks in Tests at home
As Virat Kohli celebrates his 29th birthday, we look at 5 of his best Test knocks in India.
Virat Kohli is arguably one of the best batsmen of the modern era. Every time he walks out to bat, you can always sense intent, the willingness to dominate and always wants to take his team to a position of strength, Also, every time he strides out to the middle, it looks like the Indian cricket team’s captain is setting up the bar high.
His numbers in limited overs are simply phenomenal. With averages of 55.74 and 53.66 in ODIs and T20Is respectively, Kohli is the best when it comes to the shorter formats. However, in Tests, he averaged in the low-40s before the Australia tour in 2014/15. But in the last couple of years, Virat Kohli, the Test batsman has come to the fore. His Test record at home wasn’t great either. But he has evolved into one of the best. So, as the current Indian skipper turns 29 on Sunday (), let’s look at 5 of his best Test knocks at home.
#5 107 vs Australia – Chennai (2013)
In the first Test of Australia’s tour to India (for a 4-match Test series), Australia posted 380 on a turning Chepauk track. India, in reply, were in a spot of bother at 105/3
As soon as Kohli came to the crease at the fall of the third wicket (Pujara), he changed the tempo of the innings. He played a very calm and composed innings and scored a beautiful 107. It was his 4th Test ton and 2nd against Australia.
He not only bailed India out of a tricky position but also put them in command as he provided the perfect platform for Dhoni and the lower order to contribute. When he was dismissed for 107, he took India from 105/3 to 324/5. He formed two crucial stands – one with Sachin for the 4th wicket and then with Dhoni for the 5th wicket.
Not many people remember this hundred from Kohli as the then Indian skipper MS Dhoni completely overshadowed him with a blistering 224. It’s not often a Kohli hundred goes unnoticed, but this one did and this 107 at Chennai set the tone for the hosts in that series.