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Red-hot Virat Kohli smashes 14th hundred in 50th Test

India Today logo India Today 17-11-2016

India captain Virat Kohli made his 50th Test a memorable one, slamming his 14th century as the hosts regained control over England in Vizag on Day 1. This was Kohli's seventh Test hundred as captain.

Kohli, who made his Test debut against West Indies back in 2011, did not get off to a dream start in the five-day format. However, after a horror tour of England in 2014, the stylish bat from Delhi hammered four hundreds in Australia before cracking another one in trying conditions in Sri Lanka.

Kohli went through a slump against South Africa at home on pitches that turned square but redeemed himself with scores of 44 and 88 in the Delhi Test. He then hammered his maiden double hundred in the West Indies and followed it up with a polished 211 against New Zealand in the third and final Test in Indore, becoming the first Indian captain to score two double hundreds.

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Under Kohli's astute leadership, India have won four successive Test series (vs Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand) and climbed up to the top of the table in the ICC's Test rankings.

India were challenged by a determined English team in the first of a five-match series in Rajkot, especially on the final day when the hosts lost six wickets in a hurry. However, Kohli held one end up with a composed, unbeaten 49 and later said it was important that his team now knew how to draw Test matches.

Today, in Vizag, Stuart Broad and James Anderson removed openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay early to reduce India to 22/2 before Kohli joined forces with Cheteshwar Pujara to bail the team out of trouble yet again. While Pujara reached his hundred soon after tea, Kohli brought up his ton soon after as India continued to bully England on pitch that is expected to deteriorate quickly.

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