Indian captain Test cricket took to his official Instagram handle and expressed his honour for donning the whites for India. As a captain and a batsman, Virat Kohli has enjoyed immense success in test cricket, having taken over from MS Dhoni in 2014. While the 31-year old struggled in the longest version early in his career, he has transformed into one of the best today.
At present, Virat Kohli sits behind former Australian captain Steve Smith in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. So far, he has played 86 Tests and mustered over 7000 runs with 27 centuries and the highest score of 254. Kohli endured one of his significant turning points in the 2018 tour of England when he accumulated 593 runs in five Tests. It was a spectacular comeback from the visit in 2014 in which the right-handed batsman could manage only 134 runs.
While posting a picture of himself batting in England, playing a cut shot, Virat Kohli gave a caption as “Nothing comes close to playing an intense game in whites. What a blessing to be able to play test cricket for India.” As a skipper, the 31-year old has guided India to 33 Test wins so far in 55 matches.
I don’t think that’s fair to the purest format of the game: Virat Kohli
A while ago, the ICC was contemplating the idea of four-day Tests. The Indian captain was amongst those who rejected the proposal of the same, stating that it is unfair to the most traditional form of the game and that it makes no sense to alter it.
“I don’t think that’s fair to the purest format of the game. How cricket started initially, five-day Test matches was the highest test you can have at international level. It shouldn’t be altered,” Virat Kohli admitted as quoted by India Today.