After being rested for the 2018 Asia Cup, Virat Kohli marked his return to the Indian cricket team by doing what he loves doing best - score runs! The Indian run-machine was back in business after he notched his 24th Test century during Day 2 of the first Test match against West Indies.
The Indian skipper reached the three-figure mark in absolutely composed fashion as India continued to pile misery on the West Indian bowlers at the Saurashtra Cricket Ground in Rajkot. By doing so, he also becomes the fastest (123 innings) to reach the 24th Test century mark, only behind Sir Donald Bradman (66 innings).
In the process of achieving this remarkable feat, the talismanic batsman also became the joint-fastest Indian to reach the 3,000 Test runs mark, sharing the top spot with Cheteshwar Pujara, who was dismissed for 86 runs on Day 1.
There was not much the West Indies could do, as Virat Kohli was at his usual best with his flawless strokeplay. The Indian skipper remained composed at the crease making it a spectacle for the fans after putting on a show by displaying some delightful cricketing shots.
Even though, the Indian skipper's road to his century wasn't fancy as one would've expected against a lackluster West Indies bowling display, with only seven boundaries off it. He however, managed to reach the landmark in style by dispatching Devendra Bishoo's delivery towards fine leg boundary line, only for him to remove his helmet and acknowledge the crowd for the well-deserved hundred.
While Virat Kohli's display justified as a typical Test-like-innings, Rishab Pant's batting was more like T20-esque. After the bitter sweet tour of England, Pant held a good account for himself his with his aggressive batting display, but on some occasions it proved to be too costly as it gave away chances to the visitors.
Rishabh Pant successfully raced to his maiden Test fifty, but failed to add to his delight by notching a ton after been dismissed by 92 with Devendra Bishoo providing the much-needed breakthrough for the West Indies.
At the time of publishing, the dismissal won't trouble India too much with 500 runs up on the board. The Men in Blue seem to be in a comfortable position after Prithvi Shaw, who announced his arrival on the Test scene, and Cheteshwar Pujara laid the foundation for the mammoth total on Day 1.
With submission in sight, post lunch, Virat Kohli will be assisted by Ravindra Jadeja at the crease as they will look to put on a few-hundred runs up on the board before declaring the innings.