India Test and ODI skipper Virat Kohli’s fascination with breaking records is second to none. Be it while batting or captaining, the 33-year-old leads from the front. It was no different on Monday (December 6). Kohli-led India beat New Zealand by a whopping 372-run margin in the second Test match in Mumbai. The hosts thus registered their biggest victory in terms of runs.
The victory though was memorable for Kohli as he became the first player to win 50 matches in all three formats of the game. Kohli, due to his supreme fitness and strict diet has managed to keep playing all three formats and has excelled in each of those. Although of late, he has not been amongst the runs as he would have liked, he still averages above 50 in all three formats. Besides that, he has been phenomenal as a leader, especially in Test cricket.
During the New Zealand match too, Kohli hardly dropped a gear. He was calling the correct shots and trusted the spinners to come good on the Wankhede surface. He rotated the bowlers well and was always looking to take wickets. India wrapped up the last five New Zealand wickets pretty quickly on day four. The team thus continued to remain unbeaten at home under Kohli’s leadership.
India’s emphatic performance also sees them back at the top spot in the Test rankings. It is also placed third on the Test Championship points table. Kohli-led team’s next challenge is a multi-format tour of South Africa. India have never beaten South Africa away from home in a Test series and the team will be keen to script history this time around.