Virat Kohli jumps to 2nd spot in ICC Test rankings


Indian skipper Virat Kohli praised the Sri Lankan batsman for digging their heels in on a wearing pitch. When asked to draw parallels with his own astonishing run of form in the 2003/04 season, the legendary batsman insisted that the 29-year old run machine is enjoying a much more productive phase than him. And he ended the year him becoming the lone Indian to cross the 600-run mark in a Test series for the third time. They also have the experience of playing 40-50 Test matches.

The only other man to do so was Ricky Ponting in December-January 2005-06.

Kohli, who amassed 610 runs in the three-match series recorded his highest individual score of 243 runs in the first innings and followed it with a fluent half-century as well. Thus, a reported from Sri Lanka reminds Sanga of the record and mentions he still holds the record.

Former Sri Lanka captain and one of the world's highest scoring batsman - Kumar Sangakkara - has backed Virat Kohli to break his record of most number of runs in a year.Sangakkara (2868 in 2014) now holds the record for most number of runs in a calendar year with former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting (2833 in 2005) occupying the number two spot.

With fitness being on agenda, India players have become better athletes, their ground fielding has improved, but nobody from the camp has been able to say why the same fielders seem to resemble non-stick cookware at slips. He also reckons that the day isn't far away. "The thing is, in Sri Lanka we are not used that, so that's why we struggled (on) the first two days", said Sri Lankan captain. The 10-year period since then saw some of his best performances. I think our fast bowlers will do the damage. He is a different class. They are Kohli, Don Bradman (806 against South Africa in 1931-32) and Mohammad Yousuf (665 against West Indies in 2006-07) The previous highest tally for an India batsman in a series playing five or fewer innings is 526 by Vinoo Mankad against New Zealand in 1955-56.

Dravid, while speaking to PTI, said the current Indian team has all bases covered for the three-match series in South Africa starting with the first Test in Cape Town from January 5.

"When I play cricket, I don't look at social media".

This included his heroic 136 against Pakistan in the 1999 Chennai Test which India ultimately lost, and back-to-back centuries in Sharjah to win against Australia in the 1998 ODI series. First it was Shikhar Dhawan, late on Day Two, followed by Virat Kohli nearly immediately after, and finally Rohit Sharma on the third day.