Virat Kohli surpasses Bradman and Dravid

Tricia Pearson
February 11, 2017

Kohli himself was at the forefront of the changing mood for DRS in India.

Bangladesh reached 41-1 in 14 overs, losing Soumya Sarkar to an edge on 15 two overs before stumps at Rajiv Ghandi International Stadium. The ball hits the pad first before hitting the bat and Kohli knew he was in trouble.

Umesh Yadav rattled Bangladesh batsmen with pace while Ishant Sharma got some reverse swing as the visitors were left struggling at 125/4 at lunch on the third day of the one-off cricket Test against India in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Kohli kept his cool and continued to toy with Bangladesh's attack and he successfully reviewed an lbw decision on 180.

However, when Indian captain Virat Kohli spoke to the press, he dropped enough clues about the present and future of Indian cricket.

Taijul was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Mehedi snapped up two and Taskin Ahmed chipped in with one. But Vijay and Pujara continue with their elegance, as the pair became second Indian pair with most runs in an Indian season scoring a total of 824 runs in 9 innings. He now also has 4 double centuries as India's captain which is second most behind Brian Lara who has 5 such knocks to his name. "I don't necessarily focus on practice and season, because sometimes you don't get enough time to practice too much, but I think mentally I need to focus - switching to different formats is the need of the hour in today's cricket and I really want to contribute in all three formats".

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In the recent past, India lost their openers, middle-order batsmen, fast-bowlers and even a keeper to injury. We do have a pool of players who are coming up nicely. Except that Vijay nearly had his back to the action and didn't make the slightest of efforts to get his bat out of the way.

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara have done a brilliant job of rebuilding the innings. Vijay had six boundaries to his credit, while Pujara had four hits to the fence.

India resumes day two at 356 for 3. "If we can bowl them out for 450 it will be good for us", he said. The visitors are delighted as the spectators can not believe it. Cheteshwar Pujara has come to the crease, much earlier than he would have expected. That innings is also curious in that it did not feature a single six. They just don't play that many Test matches to gain confidence as a squad. Kohli presented the full face of the bat and his balance while playing the drive was just flawless. Their only other win was over Zimbabwe.

Rahane, who was added to the starting line-up in place of Karun Nair - a triple centurion in India's last Test match against England - was happy to play second fiddle to his skipper.

At the other end, Kohli was in cruise mode as he notched up his half-century off 70 balls. "I tried, but they being the number one team, handled it well", he said. He is a very good all-round player and you can hardly find any fault in him.

As Kohli said, "Bench strength gives you options when people are injured". It is now part of Sachin Tendulkar's legend that he refused to play the cover drive - a shot that brought him runs by the buckets over the years - during the Test at Sydney in 2004, after he was dismissed a couple of times earlier in the tour while playing that shot.

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