Hyderabad: Virat Kohli is scoring centuries for fun at the moment. After a stellar run in the five-match Test series against England where he topped the scoring charts, the India skipper led the way again with his 24th Test ton against an inexperienced West Indies side in the first Test which was wrapped up in three days.
But when the hosts take the field again on Friday for the second Test in Hyderabad, the flamboyant right-hander will have an opportunity to equal Pakistan maestro Inzamam-ul-Haq’s record, who has scored 25 Test centuries.
The 29-year-old Delhi batsman is currently on the 21st spot in the list of the most centuries in Tests, 27 behind compatriot Sachin Tendulkar who is first with 51 tons in his name.
With the Rajkot Test proving to be a cakewalk for India, Kohli heaped praise on Prithvi Shaw and Ravindra Jadeja after India crushed West Indies by an innings and 272 runs.
"Delighted for Prithvi and Jaddu. Playing his first game, seeing him dominate - the guy (Shaw) showed he is different quality. That's why he's been pushed to the Test team. It is exciting to see from the captain's perspective," Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
"Jaddu as well - he has got important runs for us before and we wanted him to get three figures. We believe he can turn matches for us," Kohli added.
Saurashtra all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also had a memorable game as he scored his maiden Test ton.
Kohli also credited the pace duo of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav for putting the opposition under pressure.
"If you see the first innings, the way Umesh and Shami ran into bowl. Few wickets with the new ball and you can put the opposition under pressure. Shami took wickets on a pitch that was offering nothing."
Asked about the impressive overate, Kohli said more than the players it the umpires, who are responsible.
"It was a bit to do with the umpires pushing us as well. With the new rule of not drinking water. The guys struggled a bit because of that, it was difficult for guys to bat 45 minutes without water. I'm sure they'll look at those rules and adjust it for conditions."
Asked about the difference in conditions between Rajkot and England, where India lost the test series 1-4 last month, Kohli said the two can not be compared.
"That was a bigger challenge. We understand that with the ability we have, we will dominate in these conditions. We were very clinical," Kohli said....