At the end of the first day’s play in Delhi, Kohli remained undefeated on 146. Three test matches against Sri Lanka have seen three contrasting tons from the Indian captain.
The first test at Eden Gardens saw Kohli get a ten-ball duck in the first innings. Walking in with Sri Lanka in the hunt for the win, Kohli’s second innings hundred on a spicy pitch swung the match decisively in India’s favour. One of his best efforts, one which nearly saw India pull off a famous come-from-behind win at the spiritual home of Indian cricket.
Kohli’s double hundred in Nagpur was pure efficiency after the Murali-Pujara show. He cut out risk and ground the Lankans into the dust without mercy.His hometown hundred in Delhi saw him “in the zone”. He dominated the listless Lankan bowling from ball one. It was faultless batting, highlighted by drives on both sides of the wicket. Delhi saw Kohli’s quickest fifty and his quickest hundred.
Some numbers: 20th hundred in tests, 52nd international century, 5000+ test runs in 105 innings, 5th test hundred against Sri Lanka (his last four test tons having come against Sri Lanka).
Some players get bored without a challenge. One only has to take a look at Ajinkya Rahane’s series. It’s difficult to see Kohli giving this away though. He is too hungry, too focussed. And only to happy to pile misery onto the opposition. Kohli’s India doesn’t believe in personal milestones but one cannot help but think – does a triple hundred beckon for the skipper tomorrow?
At the moment, it feels a bit like Kohli is an adult playing junior cricket. Unless something spectacular happens, day two at the Feroz Shah Kotla promises more punishment for the Lankans.