India skipper Virat Kohli, on Saturday, missed out on another Test hundred by just three runs on day one of the third England vs India Test at Trent Bridge.
The 29-year old was batting on 97 when he tried to play an expensive drive off leg-spinner Adil Rashid and paid a hefty price for it. Kohli could only manage to edge the ball to Ben Stokes at slip and departed after scoring his second fifty of the series.
It was only the second time in his Test career that Kohli got out in 90s.
But while Kohli missed the deserving century, his knock helped him set another record.
On his way to 97, Kohli became the highest scoring Indian captain in away Tests. He surpassed Sourav Ganguly, who had scored 1693 runs in 43 innings at an average of 43.41.
As a captain, Kohli has scored 1731 in 30 innings at an average of 59.68.
Kohli has been in fine form in the ongoing series. He started the series with a bang, scoring 149 and 51 at Edgbaston. The knocks helped him become the No.1 ranked Test batsman in the ICC rankings for batsmen. He became the seventh India batsman and first since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011, to top the rankings.
He could not replicate the performance at Lord’s, scoring 23 and 17. As a result, England crushed the visitors by an innings and 159 runs. It was India’s first innings defeat under Kohli’s captaincy.
India end day one on top:
India bounced back from the batting debacle at Lord’s in style as they finished the first day at Trent Bridge on a commanding 307 for 6.
Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul gave the team a solid start on a lively pitch by adding 60 runs for the first wicket. Chris Woakes spoiled India’s fine start by taking three quick wickets and reduce India to 82 for 3 at lunch. However, Kohli along with Ajinkya Rahane batted India to a solid position as they added 159 runs for the fourth wicket.
The stand was broken when Stuart Broad sent back Rahane for 81 after Alastair Cook took an amazing catch at first slip. Kohli also departed soon after scoring 97.