Trent Bridge Test: Virat Kohli follows up first innings 97 with 23rd hundred
Virat Kohli was dismissed three runs short of a hundred in the first innings of the third Test but he made up for the heartbreak with a sizzling century in the second innings. This was Kohli’s second hundred in England and 23rd overall.Kohli now joins Virender Sehwag and Steve Smith with 23 centuries in Test cricket. And as Kohli survived a few nervous moments in the 90s, his wife Anushka Sharma watched from the stands. She stood up to applaud a special effort when Kohli finally got to his hundred in rather streaky fashion.This was Kohli’s 58th international hundred and sixth of 2018. He scored four centuries in South Africa (three in ODIs and one in Tests) and two in England so far this year.Also read – India in England: Virat Kohli joins Gavaskar, Tendulkar Dravid in elite listKohli ultimately he fell for 103 to a Chris Woakes inswinger and walked off to a standing ovation from the Trent Bridge crowd.Kohli now has 440 runs from three matches in the series. England’s Jonny Bairstow is a distant second with 206 runs.Kohli, who had endured a horror Test series in England four years back, has been in supreme form this year. He started off with a classy 149 and a gutsy 51 in the first Test at Edgbaston before managing only 23 and 17 in an innings defeat at Lord’s.Also read – Virat Kohli misses hundred by 3 runs but sets another record in Test cricketadvertisementAt Trent Bridge, Kohli was at his best again, scoring 97 in the first innings in tough conditions. He looked set for a hundred but was caught by Ben Stokes at slip off the bowling of Adil Rashid.But there was plenty of time left in the Test to get another hundred. India had posted 329 in their first innings and Hardik Pandya picked up a maiden five-wicket haul to dismiss England for 161. Kohli walked out to bat again on Day 2 and remained unbeaten on 8. Virat Kohli scored 97 in the first innings of the third Test (Reuters Photo)On Monday, Kohli looked determined to bring up another three-figure mark.While Cheteshwar Pujara was watchful, Kohli was prepared to punish any poor delivery on offer. More significantly, Kohli had battled a stiff back only a week ago but he showed no signs of pain and discomfort.Also read – Virat Kohli fires Team India up before 3rd Test: Only option is to winEngland’s bowlers were helpless in the face of another Kohli assault. He had made only 134 runs from 10 innings in 2014 and it was clear Virat Kohli wanted to make amends.Incidentally, Kohli has been extremely dominant since that nightmare of 2014.Soon after India were crushed 1-3 by England, Kohli went to Australia and scored 692 runs. Against England at home in 2016, Kohli smashed 655 runs as India decimated Alastair Cook’s tourists 4-0.Also read – 10 years of Virat Kohli in international cricket: 17675 runs, 57 hundredsAgainst Sri Lanka in 2017, Kohli scored 610 runs and by the end of the three-match series in India, became the only captain to score six Test double hundreds.In the course of the innings, Kohli also became only the sixth Indian batsman to score over 400 runs in a Test series in England.Gavaskar had scored 542 runs from four Tests in 1979 with a best of 221.Mohammad Azharuddin had scored 426 runs from three Tests in 1990.In 2002, Dravid amassed 602 runs from four Tests with a best of 217. He had scored three hundreds on that tour. Nine years later in 2011, Dravid had another impressive series in England, scoring 461 runs including three hundreds.Besides Dravid, Tendulkar also scored over 400 runs twice in a series in England. In 1996, he was the highest scorer with 428 runs from three matches.In 2014, when Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara struggled, Murali Vijay top-scored for India with 402 runs.