Birmingham, Aug 2: Starting another calendar year on a superb note, India captain Virat Kohli slammed his 22nd Test ton and first on English soil on the second day of the first Test against England here on Thursday (Aug 2).
Batting mostly with lower-order batsmen and tail-enders Kohli notched up his hundred to send a statement that he's not the Kohli of 2014 - who struggled and failed to counter the James Anderson's swing four years ago.
Virat Kohli delivered his first Test century in England at a crucial time for India on the second day of the first match at Edgbaston.
The India captain was the one visiting player who hit his stride on Thursday to drag India through. Kohli passed 100 after 172 balls with a boundary and he celebrated delightedly as opposite number Joe Root applauded.
Although Sam Curran and Ben Stokes were each in inspired form with the ball, Kohli held it together with the aid of a pair of Dawid Malan drops at slip that could and should have removed the touring skipper.
India were 221-9 as Kohli reached three figures, trailing England by 66 runs. The Indian skipper put up a superb fifty-plus stand with Umesh Yadav, the last man standing. Kohli was finally dismissed for 149 as India reached 274 runs as India trailed by mere 13 runs.
Kohli was dismissed under 150 after scoring a Test century for the first time since August 2015 - 12 hundreds ago. He also became the fourth Indian captain to slam a ton in England.
MAK Pataudi (148) in 1967, Mohd Azharuddin (179 & 121) in 1990 and Sourav Ganguly (128) in 2002 were the other Indian captains to complete a Test ton.
Here's how cricketing fraternity reacted on Twitter:
Gooch at Headingley, 1st Test of five in 1991. 154* of 252. Next highest 27— Andrew Miller (@miller_cricket) August 2, 2018
Kohli at Edgbaston, 1st Test of five in 2018. Last out for 149 of 274. Next highest 26 #EngvInd
Bravo @imVkohli or an innings of great character, calibre and exotic strokeplay towards the end. India finish 13 runs behind, but England have come under pressure— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 2, 2018
A masterclass from Virat Kohli, leading from the front. A display of tremendous character determination and grit #ENGIND— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 2, 2018
First Century. First of Many. Well played, Virat Kohli. Best batsman on the planet. #EngvInd— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 2, 2018
Been a privilege to have seen this innings from Virat Kohli.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 2, 2018
Indian players to score atleast one century in each of the SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) countries in Tests:— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) August 2, 2018
Edgbaston stands up to applaud a fantastic knock from the #TeamIndia skipper.— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) August 2, 2018
Virat Kohli departs for 149 and India have been bowled out for 274.
England will walk out in the second innings with a mere 13 run lead. #CricketMeriJaan #ENGvIND
Such is the ridiculous genius of Virat Kohli that I'm not even sure this is one of his top five centuries.— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) August 2, 2018
Is Virat Kohli the best batsman in the world?— bet365 (@bet365) August 2, 2018
50,255,985 votes • Final results pic.twitter.com/KhWNh1qU4f
India’s future is safe. Virat Kohli is already in the 22nd century.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) August 2, 2018
A brilliant hundred from Kohli. Scored more in this first innings than he did in 10 innings in 2014. Added 99 so far with Shami, Ishant and Yadav , who have scored 8 between them. #ENGIND pic.twitter.com/POeNkl9Oip— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 2, 2018
Virat Kohli is a great batsman and— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) August 2, 2018
true leader. Single handedly he took India near England's score.
You cannot drop Virat Kohli unless you have an Amir in the team. #EngvInd— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 2, 2018