Captaincy has brought the best out of ‘run-machine’ Virat Kohli
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India’s Test captain Virat Kohli notched up yet another hundred on Thursday to put India in a commanding position in the ongoing second Test against England at Vizag. Kohli scored his 14th Test ton in his 50th match to go with the 12 half-centuries. (Vizag Test: Virat Kohli nears rare milestone, could become first Indian to score three double-hundreds in a year)Opting to bat first, India lost openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay very early and were reduced to 22/2 when Kohli came to the crease and joined forces with Cheteshwar Pujara to bail the hosts out of trouble. The duo then added 226 runs for the third-wicket with Pujara also scoring a ton along with his skipper. Both reached triple figures in the final session of play on Day 1. (Virat Kohli in his 50th Test: His key landmarks so far)Pujara went back to the pavillion for 119 but Kohli carried on and led the team to 317/4 at the close of play. He was eventually dismissed on 167 by Moeen Ali in the first session on day 2. Kohli’s seventh century in just his 19th match as captain saw him draw level with Sachin Tendulkar to be third on the list of most hundreds by Indian Test skippers. Mohammad Azharuddin (9) and Sunil Gavaskar (11) are ahead of Kohli at the moment. But rate at which Kohli keeps on breaking record after record, it won’t take him long to surpass these legends. (Virat Kohli an absolute street-fighter: Nasser Hussain to India Today)Most Test 100s by Indian captains11 S Gavaskar9 M Azharuddin7 S Tendulkar/Virat Kohli#IndvEngadvertisement Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 17, 2016In terms of conversion rates for batsmen who have scored more than 10 hundreds, Kohli is only behind the legendary Donald Bradman and West Indies great George Headley. (Vizag Test: Kohli, Pujara hundreds give India honours on Day 1) 100s 50s Conversion Percentage Don Bradman (AUS) 29 13 69.05 George Headley (WI) 10 5 66.67 Virat Kohli (IND) 14 12 53.85 Clyde Walcott (WI) 15 14 51.72 Younus Khan (PAK) 32 30 51.61 Mohammad Azharuddin (IND) 22 21 51.16 Michael Clarke (AUS) 28 27 50.91 Matthew Hayden (AUS) 30 29 50.85 Michael Vaughan (ENG) 18 18 50.00 Arthur Morris (AUS) 12 12 50.00 Ijaz Ahmed (PAK) 12 12 50.00Captaincy seems to have taken Kohli’s batting to an all new level. The responsibility of leading the country in the longest format has turned Kohli into the run-machine that he is today. He is currently averaging over 70 in the longest format in 2016 with three centuries. He became the only Indian captain to score two double hundreds with a highest score of 211 which came against New Zealand in the third Test at Indore last month. Kohli has a hundred per cent conversion rate this year and with three more matches to go, he is on track to amass 1000 runs in Test cricket for the first time in a calendar year. His captaincy record has also been terrific and has lead India to series victories against Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand. Span Matches Inns Runs Hs Avg SR 100s 50s As Captain 2014-2016 19 30 1712 211 59.03 58.27 7 2 Not as Captain 2011-2014 31 55 2098 169 41.13 50.99 7 10Whenever Kohli gets to a hundred he makes it count. Out of the seven times he has scored a ton since becoming the captain, Kohli has scored over 140 on six occasions. He is also fourth on the list of batsmen with most hundreds after 50 Tests.Most Test 100s after 50 Tests28 Don Bradman20 Sunil Gavaskar18 Matt Hayden#IndvEngVirat Kohli 14 Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 17, 2016With India dictating terms on the first day at Vizag, Kohli will look to capitalise and put his team in a commanding position when he takes guard on Friday.