The fourth Test match between England and India at Southampton was a bittersweet fixture for Virat Kohli. As a captain, he saw his side's batters fail yet again, with the visitors failing to chase down a target of 245. Though personally, the 29-year-old got runs and was at the forefront of everything good his team did.
Kohli scored 46 in the first innings, and was the second highest run-getter behind Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a brilliant unbeaten 132. In the second innings, the Indian skipper was the highest scorer with 58. His half century could not help India chase down the target, as they fell short by 60 runs. But his knock helped him create a record.
The 29-year-old became the first Indian to score 4000 runs as skipper in Test. Overall, he is only the 10th player to manage this feat. The list is headed by former South African skipper Graeme Smith, who had scored 8659 runs in 109 matches as captain.
This wasn't the only feat achieved by Kohli during the match. The Indian skipper, batting in his 120th innings, became the second fastest Indian to reach the 6000-run mark, just behind Sunil Gavaskar, who achieved the feat in 115 innings. Overall, Kohli stands eighth in the all-time list, which is headed by Sir Don Bradman, who accomplished this achievement in a mere 68 innings.
While personal records would have made Kohli happy, his team's performance would have surely gotten him angry. For most parts of the fourth Test, it seemed Kohli and his men will come out on the triumphant side.
Having trailed the series 2-0 after Lord's debacle, India roared back into the reckoning with a convincing win at Trent Bridge. And their hard work looked certain to yield results at Southampton.
In the first four days and two session of cricket action, the visitors were well ahead of the hosts, and by the post-Tea session, only needed 118 more runs to make the series 2-2. It seemed destined that the fifth Test at Oval will be the decider in what has been an action-packed month of 5-day cricket. But, it wasn't to be! Having dominated almost each of the 11 sessions, India exploded in the final session on Day Four, and handed the victory to England.