How captaincy helped Virat Kohli with double hundreds in Test cricket

Pune: Virat Kohli smashed his 7th Test double hundred in Pune on Friday and the swashbuckling batsman credited the additional responsibility of captaincy for his rich run-of-form, saying he thinks only about the team and not the individual landmarks.

Kohli, who became the first skipper to score 250 in a single innings in Pune, said captaincy has helped him go for longer innings in Test matches.

 During this innings, Kohli also became the fastest batsman to amass 21000 international runs as he took 38 innings fewer than the previous record-holder, Sachin Tendulkar.

“Feels great obviously. It’s nice little thing to get along in your career…most no of double hundred. I struggled to get big scores initially in my career but then as soon as I became captain then…you invariably just think about the team all time and you can’t think about your own game. In that process you end up batting more than you can imagine and that’s been the mindset for a long time now. Very happy it was a dominating day for us again and we are on the top position so all over I am very happy,” Kohli said.

Virat Kohli now has 9 scores of 150+ while captaining India, which is 1 more than Bradman’s tally. Seven of those 9 scores for 150+ have been converted into double hundreds.

“In hot and humid conditions or even in testing conditions, you just have to think about the team and you end up batting three four hours more than you have. Then Jadeja came to bat so you have to run fast with Jaddu. It was physically and mentally challenging but that’s what you prepare for as an international player,” Kohli was quoted as saying by ‘bcci.tv’, when asked about the challenging hot and humid conditions on day 2 of Pune Test.

Kohli eclipsed Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar while smashing a handful of records during his career-best knock of 254 in the ongoing second Test against South Africa in Pune.

In what is his 50th Test as captain, Kohli also joined the likes of Stephen Fleming, Alastair Cook and Steve Waugh as only the 4th ever captain to score a century in his 50th game at the helm.

“The plan was simple to get to 600 as soon as possible and make them bat tonight and then Jaddu also batted brilliantly. He played with the great tempo so that allowed me to not take too many risks and just keep batting and hitting the gaps. Yeah that partnership really set things up nicely for us. We ended up bowling 15 overs and getting three wickets as well. So we wanted to attack, we wanted to be positive and whatever happened in the end that was the plan we had”

Virat Kohli also credited his partnership with Ravindra Jadeja for setting things up nicely for India. Kohli and Jadeja (91), promoted to No. 6 with Hanuma Vihari not playing, shared a 225-run stand for the fifth wicket.

“The plan was simple to get to 600 as soon as possible and make them bat tonight and then Jaddu also batted brilliantly. He played with the great tempo so that allowed me to not take too many risks and just keep batting and hitting the gaps. Yeah that partnership really set things up nicely for us. We ended up bowling 15 overs and getting three wickets as well. So we wanted to attack, we wanted to be positive and whatever happened in the end that was the plan we had.”

Virat Kohli rated his first double hundred in Antigua against the West Indies and the one against England at home as his two most special innings in his entire career.

“All are nice. Obviously all double hundreds feel good but I think if you ask me the top two would be Antigua and Mumbai (against England). All double hundreds are special but those two are more special to me because one was away from home. another one against England in challenging conditions. It was very hot and humid there also.”