Virat Kohli surpasses Bradman and Dravid

Virat Kohli surpasses Bradman and Dravid

"I don't feel exhausted easily, and I definitely don't get satisfied when I get a Test hundred", said Virat Kohli.

In the 116th over of India's first innings in the one-off test against Bangladesh on Friday, the umpire adjudged Kohli out leg-before-wicket when a Mehedi Hasan delivery crashed into his pad.

India resumed at 3-356 and shortly after lunch registered the highest innings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, beating their own 503 against Australia in 2013.

Saha and Ravindra Jadeja kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 118-run stand, during which Saha surpassed his hundred and Jadeja his half-century, before Kohli made a decision to declare with his side on 687/6. He along with Rahane, added 222 runs in a little under 50 overs with Bangladesh by then being out-batted by the hosts.

With the "SG Test" ball now being 30 plus overs old and the team having maintained the shine, it was time for the lanky Ishant to get it to reverse and hit that length close to the full which makes life hard for the batsman. The Bangladesh bowlers were left clueless.

With Virat Kohli in relentless form and scoring runs at free will, former India great Sachin Tendulkar also joined in on the praise for the skipper. He now also has 4 double centuries as India's captain which is second most behind Brian Lara who has 5 such knocks to his name.

But Kohli feels his teams needs to continue what it has been doing. Rahane and Virat continued the partnership on to the completion of the day.

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Such was Kohli's nonchalance that he merely celebrated after completing his hundred with a powerful whip off Mehedi Hasan Miraz through midwicket. Yet they are the most prolific second-wicket partnership in the world and fourth-best overall since October 2010, when Pujara debuted.

But that did not stop Kohli. You know teams can't afford to have catching men around him for too long because he scores so fast. "That's why I tried playing that shot (referring to the missed stumping chance)".

The skipper managed to rack up 24 boundaries in 246 balls before he finally fell lbw to Taijul (three for 156) with India well in command at 495 for five.

It was a day that completely belonged to Virat Kohli, who scored his fourth double-century since July 2016.

"Hopefully, the impact may be outside, and the ball had spun sharply, so it might be missing the leg stump".

Bangladesh wilted under pressure.

Saha rode on a lifeline provided to him by Mushfiqur Rahim when the Bangladeshi captain fumbled twice and broke the wickets on the third attempt when the Indian batsman had stepped out of the crease. We have been able to win games because of persistence from our bowlers, application from our batsmen and coming back from tough situations. Even though the openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar started off well, Umesh Yadav struck just minutes before stumps to give India a breakthrough. But replays showed a faint edge before the ball landed in Saha's diving gloves.