Indian skipper Virat Kohli recently notched up his 6th double century in the 3rd Test against Sri Lanka. With the magnificent knock, he is now on par with Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar for the most number of double centuries in Test cricket.
While the Delhi-lad keeps piling on the double tons in the longest format of the game, looking at his game, he is the premier candidate to achieve the landmark in ODI cricket as well. It’s just the matter of time that the 29-year-old breaks the barrier in the 50-over format as well.
After his knock in the first innings at the Kotla, Cheteshwar Pujara interviewed his captain and asked about his plans of scoring a double in ODIs. Virat Kohli had a calculated answer that he can get there if he gets to bat early on a good batting wicket.
“Well, it is not something which I can plan. Openers have a better chance. Maybe if I get to bat early. (But) if the wicket is nice you rarely get to bat in the first two or three overs. When it is challenging you can go in as number three very quickly. You know that in Test matches also. I don’t know. If we are batting first in some game and the wicket is nice to bat on, somehow if I get to bat (early). You know I don’t want to be on the field in the first five overs because you want a good start. If I end up doing that, get a good start, maybe I can carry on. I have come close twice. But it is something which you can’t pinpoint,” said Kohli.
Rohit is unstoppable at the death
Virat Kohli went on to praise Rohit Sharma’s hitting abilities as the fag end of an ODI innings due to which he was able to notch up 2 double centuries in ODIs.
“Rohit (Sharma) has done it two times. I don’t think that I can hit as many shots as him, in the latter half of the innings. That is why he ended up doing that. He is unstoppable if he goes past 130 or 140. I will try to do it if I have enough overs,” Kohli added.