North Sound (Antigua), July 22: Stating that it was a pleasure to watch Virat Kohli bat, opener Shikhar Dhawan is hoping the Indian captain scores a triple century on the 2nd day of the first Test against West Indies here today (July 22).
Thanks to Kohli's unbeaten 143, India posted 302/4 in 90 overs on the first day yesterday (July 21) at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Having won the toss and opted to bat, India were off to a cautious start but things changed once Kohli arrived at the crease. His 197-ball 143 not out (16x4) and Dhawan's 84 made it India's day.
The 27-year-old Kohli brought up his 12th Test ton and first against the West Indies. On way to the three-figure mark he completed 3,000 runs in the format. He is the 19th Indian to reach the milestone.
Speaking to reporters after the end of day's play on Thursday, Dhawan praised Kohli's batting and wanted him to carry on to a triple hundred. Kohli's highest score in Tests is 169.
"After day one we are in a very good position. We are playing with 5 batsmen and looking at that we are in a very good position. We want to bat as long as possible so that the team will have the advantage and the opposition will get tired.
"Virat is set and is batting on 143. He will look to score a double or triple century. God willing, hope he scores a double and goes on to triple ton," Dhawan said.
Kohli and Dhawan had a 105-run partnership for the 3rd wicket. According to Dhawan, this was crucial since they scored at a good pace.
"(Cheteshwar) Pujara and I had a partnership (60 runs) which was very good because the ball was new at the time. It was important to leave the ball alone. Both of us did that. Virat and my partnership was beneficial to the team as we scored at good pace. Virat is batting so well for a long time and it is not new (to see him do it again)," the left-hander added.
Dhawan called Kohli's innings as "tremendous" and said he enjoyed the knock. "Of course he (Kohli) has played a tremendous innings. He has scored a century and continuing (143 not out). He has been scoring big runs and hopefully he will come back and score 150 and a double hundred. It feels good to bat with him. We were rotating the strike. It is always a pleasure to watch Virat play, the way he drives, times the ball is very nice," he said.
India and West Indies will play 4 Tests in the series. The second match will be played in Jamaica from July 30.