Virat Kohli’s knock of 211 runs has earned him praise from all quarters. This included his own former coach, Raj Kumar Sharma, praising his abilities as a Test cricketer. Kohli trained under Sharma in his West Delhi Cricket Academy.
Sharma told ANI that he was “very happy” with the way his former disciple performed. “Unlike his aggressive style, he moulded the game & built this inning beautifully,” said Sharma, “He (Virat Kohli) is proving himself to be a good Test cricketer. He is focused, determined & always keeps team before himself.”
Sharma himself is a former Ranji player and used to play for Delhi. He later founded the West Delhi Cricket Academy of which Kohli is a graduate.
Kohli is leading India in the three-match Test series against New Zealand. India have already won the Test series 2-0 and are eyeing a series white-wash with the third Test in Indore. But Kohli has thus far been able to make any significant contribution with the bat.
In the third Test being played out in Indore’s Holkar stadium, the Indian skipper came in when India had lost the wicket of Gautam Gambhir and the score was 60-2. By the time his and Ajinkya Rahane’s partnership was broken, India’s total was 465 runs with the two of them putting up 365 runs for the fourth wicket.
Kohli’s knock makes him the first Indian captain to have made two Test double-centuries. India made a total of 557 before he declared. Kohli was accompanied by Ajinkya Rahane who only narrowly missed on his own double hundred when he was dismissed after putting up 188 runs on the board.