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Virat Kohli has exceeded all expectations in England, feels Greg Chappell

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first_imgFormer Australia captain Greg Chappell is one among the many greats who has entered the Virat Kohli fan club thanks to the Indian superstar’s record-breaking run in international cricket over the past few years.Kohli, the No. 1 batsman in Test cricket, has been at the top of his game for quite some time now having scored runs all around the world in all formats.England was the only country which Kohli hadn’t conquered after going through his worst phase in Test cricket on India’s tour in 2014.Virat Kohli retains top Test ranking after 104 runs in Southampton TestFour years down the line Kohli has not only buried the demons of the past, but has also emerged as the highest run-getter in the ongoing five-match series against England.Kohli has been the only batsman from the visiting team who has scored runs consistently in the four matches and now has a total of 544 runs at an average of 68 with two hundreds and three half-centuries.Virat Kohli first Indian to score 4000 runs as Test captainIt takes a player with special abilities to please a man like Chappell and Kohli has managed to do just that with his prolific run in England.”I don’t know that there are many with more will to succeed than Virat. He has a real desire. Something’s driving him that is beyond what most people are capable of. I think we still haven’t seen the best of him. I think maybe not better to come, but more of the good to come. What he has done in England on this tour has been quite exceptional, ” Chappell told CricketNext in an exclusive interview.advertisementVirat Kohli 2nd fastest Indian behind Sunil Gavaskar to reach 6000 Test runs”He has probably exceeded what anyone would have expected. I think after (Sachin) Tendulkar, most people felt that’s the pinnacle but sport has a funny way of always throwing somebody up who can exceed what the champions of the past have done. Kohli as well as having great physical talent has the mental capacity and the emotional capacity to deal with what it takes to be successful in that really harsh environment,” the former India coach went on to add.England’s lower order made all the difference: Virat Kohli on series lossAfter breaking records all over the world, Kohli went to England and carried on in the same vein as he became the first Indian captain and the sixth visiting skipper overall to aggregate over 500 runs in a Test series in the country.Sunil Gavaskar raises questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricketKohli also added another feather to his cap during the final innings of the Southampton Test as he completed 4000 runs in Test cricket as captain.He is the fastest to reach the landmark and the first Asian captain to do so after completing 4000 runs in his 65th innings and in his 39th Test against England. He is averaging over 66 with 16 hundreds, nine fifties with a highest score of 243 against Joe Root’s team, which he got last year in New Delhi.India vs England: ‘Kohli sublime as batsman but not so hot as captain’During the first innings of the Southampton Test, Kohli also went past 6000 runs in Test cricket to become the second fastest Indian to reach the landmark behind Sunil Gavaskar.It is therefore a real shame that Kohli has been waging a lone battle for India with the bat in this series. While the fast bowlers have done exceedingly well in England, it has been the top-order batsmen who have failed to back them up.The likes of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have found it difficult to deal with the seaming conditions in England which is why the visitors are now trailing 1-3 in the five-match series with the final Test to be played at The Oval in London from September 7.last_img read more