Virat Kohli has now won the most Man of the Match awards as India captain in Tests after bagging the award in the third England vs India Test.
Kohli once again led from the front, scoring his second century of the series as India thrashed England by 203 runs to keep the five-match series alive.
The ongoing series is panning out in start contrast to what happened on the last tour to Kohli.
The last time Kohli had visited England, James Anderson & Co. had given him a hard time. In 2014, Kohli had endured a torrid time in England, scoring only 134 runs from ten innings, as India lost the series 3-1. He scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests and finished the series with an average of 13.40.
The right-handed batsman was troubled mainly on the off stump line in England, as he ended up edging those deliveries behind the stumps. Virat was caught behind the stumps on six occasions (once by the keeper and five times in the slip cordon).
However, Kohli has proved that the failure was an one-off. He started off with a classy 149 and a gutsy 51 in the first Test at Edgbaston. He fell cheaply in both the innings at Lord’s but bounced back in style at Trent Bridge. In the first innings, he scored 97 in tough conditions. He looked set for a hundred but was caught by Ben Stokes at slip off the bowling of Adil Rashid while going for an expensive cover drive.
However, he made amends for it in the very next innings by slamming his 23rd Test ton. The 29-year old scored 103 in the second, helping India post 352 for 7 (declared) and set England a target of 521. In reply, the hosts were all out for 317.
And the brilliant performance helped Kohli add yet another feather to his already illustrious cap. He has now won most Man of the Match awards as India skipper in Tests. Kohli has now won the award on five occasions, thus going past Mohammad Azharuddin and Kapil Dev who had won it 4 times.
👏👏 Player of the Match goes to #TeamIndia Skipper @imVkohli.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/4MTJj87MmY
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 22, 2018