Virat Kohli has not fielded the same XI in consecutive games in his captaincy career (Image courtesy: AFP)
Virat Kohli has not fielded the same XI in consecutive games in his captaincy career (Image courtesy: AFP)

Three years back, in December 2014, Virat Kohli filled in as a captain for the injured MS Dhoni in the emotionally charged Adelaide Test. He responded with two brave tons and got India to brink of a famous win. Little did he know that later in the series Dhoni would call quits from Tests and the captaincy cloak would fall upon him. The India-Sri Lanka third Test at Delhi marks Kohli s 32nd Test as India s captain.

Despite enjoying immense success, winning 20 of his 31 Tests, Kohli is yet to field the same XI in consecutive Tests. The trend continued in the Delhi Test. Kohli elected to bat at Delhi and announced the changes from the winning side in Nagpur. Local boy Shikhar Dhawan replaced KL Rahul, while Umesh Yadav made way for Mohammed Shami.

Kohli is 25 runs away from 5,000 Test runs. He will be the 11th Indian to this illustrious club and the third fastest after Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. Also, with another win Kohli will surpass Ricky Ponting s feat of registering 31 international wins in a year. Winning the series, India will also equal England and Australia s feats of winning nine consecutive Test series.