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Virat Kohli scored his 14th Test ton during 2nd Test against England at Vishakapatnam IANS

Virat Kohli did not have a single double hundred in First-Class cricket before India toured the Caribbean early in 2016. In fact his highest score was 197 and his highest Test score was 169. In a matter of few months, Kohli has two double centuries to his name and is on the verge of notching up yet another one, this time against England. England have perpetually been the team, who have been a thorn in Kohli s flesh. But a double century against the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Borad, will make him feel a lot better about himself. LIVE Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

India needed their skipper to deliver on Day One of the second Test as they were reduced to 22 for 2. KL Rahul was caught at slips while comeback man, James Anderson ,proved why is a class act dismissing Murali Vijay after he had struck four sublime boundaries in his innings of 20. Kohli walked in to join Cheteshwar Pujara who has been in immaculate form off late with two back-to-back hundreds. Kohli has a decent series against New Zealand but his 211 against New Zealand at Indore put him in a good frame of mind going into the ongoing series against England. He fought it out at Rajkot, scoring a gritty 49 not out to save the match for his side and continued from where he had left from there.

Kohli over the years has gone through a lot of changes. He has had to transform himself from a player to a leader, he has upped his game in the T2wenty20 (T20I) format by notching up four sublime centuries in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 and never put a wrong foot in One-Day International (ODI) format. Nonetheless, the unique factor about Indian cricket’s poster boy has been his knack of scoring big, apart from his astonishing consistency. Be it any format, Kohli wants to be among the thick of things. He scored 150-plus against New Zealand in an ODI, 211 before that in Tests and now finds himself on the verge of completing his third 200, in the same calendar year.

All of us remember how Kohli celebrated when he scored his maiden Test ton. It was against Australia in the dreadful tour of Australia in 2011-12. He was the shining armour in that innings as India crumbled for 373 and lost the match by an innings and 298 runs. Nonetheless, Kohli had well and truly arrived by then. He went from strength to strength from thereon slamming hundreds in New Zealand, South Africa and four tons in 2014-15 tour of Australia.

Scoring hundreds in ODI cricket became a regular feature for Kohli, who simply thrives under pressure situations. That is something that he has not been able to do in the longest format. An eager Kohli wanted to replicate the same success in Tests and is beginning to do that. His last seven hundreds read 141, 169, 147, 103,200, 211, 151* (ongoing). Four out of those seven hundreds are scores over 150, while compared to his earlier seven hundreds, which read 116, 103, 103, 107, 119, 105*, 115 had no score over 150, showing his hunger for daddy innings. Nowadays, many have also noticed the way Kohli celebrates reaching to three-figures. He does not express much or jumps up in joy showcasing that he is still not done with a 100 and wants to carry on. Kohli perhaps does not want to get carried away by achieving a milestone and wants to continue the run-flow from his blade.

Kohli has a terrific conversion rate. He has 14 tons and 12 fifties to his credit, an indication of how dangerous he becomes once he crosses the 50-run mark.

We have all seen Kohli s aggressive side on the field. He is someone who is not afraid of having a go at opponents’ and will not hold back on a verbal spat. More importantly, he has always ensured that his bat does the talking even more than his words. READ: Kohli’s nonchalant innings, Pujara’s consistency, Anderson’s comeback sums up day

What is heartening to see is that Kohli has improved over the years and accepted his drawbacks to work on them. He has adapted beautifully to Test cricket and realises that he has to go on once he gets his eye in and not leave it to anyone else. He bats at No. 4, occupied for years by his hero, Sachin Tendulkar, who was undoubtedly the greatest batsman ever in that position. Tendulkar has stitched many match-defining innings at No. 4 and now the baton has certainly passed onto his prot g , Kohli. He is already on the way to break many of Tendulkar s records in ODIs, but might be a tad difficult to catch up with the little master in Tests. One trait that Kohli can adapt from Tendulkar is his ability to bat for hours and hours at the crease.

When you spend time in the middle, runs will come is something we have heard from many commentators over the years. But it is true. Kohli was given a lucky break when he was dropped on 56. He was also dropped on a single digit by Ross Taylor at Mohali in an ODI recently and the 27-year-old made the Black Caps pay scoring a match-winning 154 not out. It is not Kohli s fault if he is dropped. Nonetheless, a good player always learns from his mistakes and does not give enough chances to his opponents’ from thereon. This is something Kohli has mastered and did that again on Day One of second Test. He was reprieved when Adil Rashid dropped him on fine-leg off Ben Stokes. Despite failing to connect to a hook shot a shot which led to Rashid dropping a golden chance to dismiss Kohli Kohli played the same shot again a couple of deliveries later and collected a boundary thereby indicating that he does not bogged down easily.

Kohli s ability to score Daddy hundreds is certainly good for India. His transformation to a complete Test batsman is commendable. What we will soon find out is whether he can maintain this sort of consistency. Captaincy certainly does not seem to have any sort of impact on his batting till now. He averages 61 as captain in Tests. There are some who get bogged down by captaincy and there are people like Kohli who thrive under the responsibility. Being a captain is certainly a burden, but Kohli sees this as an opportunity and responsibility to step up and deliver which certainly bodes well for India.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at He is a sports enthusiast and a keen observer of cricket, the contests, and its personalities. When not tracking cricket, he follows the world s soccer leagues and is somewhat partial towards Liverpool. His Twitter handle is @pramz)