When Virat Kohli embarked on the UK tour, his intentions were more than clear- More than just being a part of the story, he wanted to be the story.
And that’s exactly what he did in his first innings in England at Edgbaston. Indian skipper Virat Kohli ended the agonising wait for success on English soil with a glorious ton as he slammed 149 runs off 225 balls.
Indian skipper’s 22nd century came at a moment when India were 227 for nine in the final hour of the play.
Kohli firmly held his wicket and added 41 runs with Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth wickets and stitched 48 run partnership with Hardik Pandya for the sixth wicket.
After reaching his century, Kohli gave a huge yell in celebration before kissing his wedding ring hung around his neck as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
England were all out in the morning on 287 with R Ashwin taking 4 wickets and Mohammed Shami taking 3 wickets.
A few months back former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding had said that Kohli was yet to become one of the cricket greats as great batsmen score runs wherever they go.
He had described Kohli as one of the top three batsmen of the world.
“Kohli is a fantastic player. I think he is extremely good, but I would call him great the day I see him scoring runs in England.”
The record in England was nothing less than a nightmare for Kohli but he improved his record and etched his name in the history of cricket greats by becoming the fourth Indian captain to score a century in England.
Virat Kohli became the fourth Indian skipper to score a ton as a captain in England after MAK Pataudi, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly.
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