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Virat Kohli brushes aside Anil Kumble's 'be boring' plea with majestic ton

India Today logo India Today 22-07-2016
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'Be boring', was coach Anil Kumble's demand. Can't do, replied Virat Kohli with a gem.

Kohli's record-breaking form continued today as the Indian Test captain scored his majestic 12th ton on Day 1 of the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua. The skipper went on to score an unbeaten 143 off 197 deliveries and led India to 302/4 at the end of day's play.

Kohli picked up from he left off in the Indian Premier League and put the visitors in a commanding position against the hosts on the opening day. Kohli, who is going through the form of his life, enjoyed unprecedented success at the ninth edition of the IPL, where he scored a record 973 runs, including four centuries, to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to the final.

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Prior to the IPL, Kohli was also named the World T20 player of the tournament for his 273 runs from five matches, including three fifties against Pakistan, Australia and West Indies. India lost against eventual champions West Indies in the semi-final.

However, his success has not just been restricted to the limited-overs format.

He has enjoyed wild success since taking over as India's Test skipper after MS Dhoni retired from the five-day format in December 2014, leading the team to historic series victories over Sri Lanka and South Africa.

The tour to West Indies is Kohli's first assignment in Caribbean as India's Test skipper. Interestingly, Kohli made his Test debut in West Indies in 2011 but failed to make a mark, averaging just 15.20 in five innings.

However, he rewrote the script today with a well-paced innings, laced with 16 boundaries at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Despite coach Anil Kumble insisting on playing "boring cricket", Kohli went about his innings at a breathtaking pace.

Kohli came onto bat when India lost Cheteshwar Pujara to leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo right after the Lunch break and soon took the attack to the opposition.

Keeping control of the proceedings, Kohli stitched a brilliant 105-run stand for the third wicket with Delhi teammate Shikhar Dhawan to thwart the West Indies' attack.

The duo kept the scoreboard ticking until Dhawan was snapped by Bishoo at the stroke of Tea. However, an undeterred Kohli continued on his scoring spree, scoring a 57-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane.

'Rookie to Man'

For Kohli, who had 11 centuries in 41 matches, but not a single one against the West Indies, it couldn't have been a better day.

The century was his fifth as India Test captain. Kohli, who earlier in the day crossed the 3000-run mark in the longest format, has now scored more than 1000 runs as captain. He took just 18 innings to breach the mark and is tied at second spot with Dhoni. Former captain Sunil Gavaskar reached the milestone in 14 innings.

The applauds soon poured in for Kohli as he marked his ton with a subdued celebration. Antigua's famous son Viv Richards, who was at the commentary box, described the feat as "marvelous".

"When he last toured West Indies, he was a rookie. But now he has grown into a man. That was a marvellous ton. I have watched him over the years and he is a guy who is always in the game," said the West Indian legend, who is an admirer of Kohli.

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