Virat Kohli

Resuming at 451 for 7, India continued denting England‘s spirit by churning runs, plethora of runs on Day Four of the fourth Test at Wankhede Stadium. It was just another session, and just another Virat Kohli genius. He became the first Indian captain to score three double-hundreds in a calendar year. Let alone that, no Indian captain scored even two double-hundreds in such small span. But that’s that. Let us also shed some light on Jayant Yadav and his brilliance of producing masterful batsmanship at No. 9, staying unbeaten on 92 in only third Test assignment, taking India to 579 for 7 at lunch.

It was evident that India would look to add runs in the first session. Kohli and Yadav were expected to pile on runs and continue to do the same as long as possible. However, England wouldn’t have expected the duo to score with such ease, comfort as well as grace. They have James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, and Joe Root (because he scalped wickets of Parthiv Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin). But there was no stopping the duo on a lazy Sunday morning in Mumbai. Well, the crowd came in big numbers, and the duo made sure they put up a stellar show for their supporters.

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Kohli started off with a remarkable on-drive off Jake Ball and went past 150. Been there, watched that. But Jayant, in the very second over of the day, scored back-to-back boundaries off Rashid: a drive and a cut.

Jayant then targeted Ball, opening the face of the bat and playing it wide of the second-slip. And then came another drive off his blade. Indeed, Jake was not having a ball (of course, pun intended) at Wankhede.

Alastair Cook brought Root back into the attack. Kohli had only one boundary until then. He had let Jayant take centre stage. But the Indian captain can’t stay away from limelight. He attacked Root right away, putting away a juicy full-toss through midwicket. Those wrists, I tell you!

Meanwhile, Jayant danced down the track and smacked it over midwicket. He then left no stone unturned to rubbish Anderson as well. And that brought 150-run stand between the No. 4 and No. 9.

Jayant continued toying with the English bowlers spinners and pacers both. He had no respect whatsoever. By now, both dropped the anchor. They took no half-measures.

Kohli was approaching his another double-ton. Rashid came round the wicket, and everyone had a d j vu of Sachin-Tendulkar-Shane Warne battle. Kohli paddle-swept. Another d j vu. Rashid was bowling into the rough. Kohli was calm though. He was in no hurry. Nonetheless, he did produce a leading edge, but the fortune was already on his side.

Rashid kept doing the same. And Kohli took every little time to take that one run to reach his double-hundred.

“Some anxious moments And then a single and the double hundred. Three double-tons in a year. He is the first Indian and fifth overall to score 3 double tons in a year. All his double tons have come in successive series, vs West Indies, vs New Zealand and vs England. Prior to the West Indies tour, Kohli did not even have a First-Class double ton,” said Suvajit Mustafi in CricketCountry’s live-blog.

Also, Jayant stayed unbeaten on 92, surpassing previous best of Farokh Engineer’s 90 by a No. 9 batsman (for India).

Brief scores:

England 400 (Keaton Jennings 112, Jos Buttler 76; Ravichandran Ashwin 6 for 112) trail by India 579 for7 (Murali Vijay 136, Virat Kohli 212*, Jayant Yadav 92*; Joe Root 2 for 31) by 179

(Kaustubh S. Mayekar, a reporter at CricketCountry, played cricket at U-16 level. Like his idol Rahul Dravid, he often shadow-practises cricket shots. His Twitter handle is @kaumedy_)