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Virat Kohli smashed teriffic Test hundred at Edgnaston. Credits: AP

It seems that Virat Kohli has successfully altered the one-line theory regarding Indian batting outside the subcontinent. During the 1990s, the famous one-line approach was “Get Tendulkar, get India.” for Sachin Tendulkar. As of now, England Vs India is a hot topic over a cup of coffee if nothing less as Kohli has joined an elite club.

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Virat Kohli scored his debut hundred in England. Getty Images

However, things are not too much different from then and now. Apart from Kohli replacing legendary Tendulkar in the famous one-liner, everything seems well preserved.

In the first Test between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, the Indian batsmen enrich this very belief. Kohli, on the other hand, did not fail to deliver his part of faith.

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Nonchalant Kohli was nothing short to produce inspirational innings against England on day two. He escalated his standards to reach it to an unattainable level.

By this splendid performance, it seems that he aborted the discussion on “best batsman in the world.”

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Sachin Tendulkar hailed Virat Kohli’s maiden Test ton in England. Image Courtesy: Getty

When every Indian batter was struggling at one end, their skipper managed to deliver when it was a much-needed one for India. He helped his team to attain a total that die-hard fans would not have thought even in dreams at one stage.

With a hostile spell from James Anderson and Ben Stokes, Kohli played cautiously at one end.

This crucial spell instilled the motivation power in the England bowling camp as they managed to destroy Indian batting line up. English bowlers successfully breached batting line of India on regular intervals.

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Virat Kohli scored the 22nd century of his Test career. Credits: Getty

But Kohli managed to score 149 runs off 225 deliveries that include twenty-two fours and a solitary six as well.

From the other end, the whole Indian batting line-up else than him could only garner a score of 105 runs.

England Vs India: Virat Kohli joined the elite club, replaces Sachin Tendulkar

It was ton number 15 for Indian skipper in Tests as a skipper and 22nd overall. Pertinently, Dawid Malan earlier dropped him on 21 and 51 that helped skipper to make most of the opportunity.

Kohli became the fourth fastest batsman to register 22 tons in Test cricket regarding innings played. The legendary Don Bradman is on the top of the table who attained this in just 58 innings.

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