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Virat Kohli is not just a run-machine, but also a record-machine on the field IANS

Virat Kohli does not get tired of setting records. Apart from scoring runs at a brisk pace, he also makes and breaks records in more or less the same speed that makes him so special. With four Indian batsmen scoring centuries in the second Test against Sri Lanka, it was Kohli’s fifth double-ton that made headlines. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara believes that the manner in which Kohli scores runs is almost impossible for any other batsman to match. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 2nd Test at Nagpur

On Kohli’s run-scoring ability

“See, he [Kohli] is a kind of player who performs well in all the formats of the game and the way he started off, if there was some other batsmen, I don’t think they could have started in the same way. I think it’s his confidence and way he is batting, in last two to three years, it would have been difficult for any other batsman to score at such a strike rate,” said Pujara during the post-day press conference on Day Three of the second Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday.

On the pitch

“Kolkata was different wicket altogether with a lot of assistance for fast bowlers especially in the first innings. Coming to this particular wicket, I think, it was difficult to score runs as this wicket was on the slower side. It was not easy to get boundaries and we had to rotate the strike. Whenever we got some opportunities, we tried playing some shots. But overall, it was a tough pitch, where you might not get out but it was also difficult to score runs.” FULL CRICKET UPDATES: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 2nd Test at Nagpur, Day 3

On his ability to bat long

“I think for the last one and a half to two years, I have been working hard on my fitness and luckily there has not been any sort of injury. I am fully fit and that’s the reason I am able to take quick singles and doubles. Even my recoveries are much better now when it comes to fitness. So while batting, I have not changed anything but in terms of fitness, I have improved a lot. If you want to be on the field on all five days, you need a lot of stamina and your fitness has to be on top.”

On the upcoming South Africa tour

“The first Test starts on January 5, before that there’s plenty of time to prepare. Personally, county experience and past South African experience will certainly help because I have improved my technique especially while playing in overseas conditions. Overall, I am very confident with the kind of form I am going through.”

“As far as practice games are concerned, I should not be the one commenting. It also depends on schedule and how BCCI plans its tour. But going there little bit early a week or 10 days early, and then practicing on those pitches are important. Indian team is also playing other formats [ODIs and T20s], so if there are matches scheduled before we either go to South Africa or England, you can’t help it, as an individual. You need to be prepared. Even if you are in India, we need to try and replicate wickets in South Africa and England and then try and practice here.”