Kohli-Rahane show at Indore– Walking out to bat at 100-3, India were in a tricky position in the first innings of the third test v New Zealand. What followed was that an exhibition of fabulous batting. The Indian captain and vice-captain came together to put on a magnificent partnership of 365 runs. Virat Kohli ended up with a double century 211 while Ajinkya Rahane fell at 188.
World Number One- With a comprehensive 321 win over New Zealand, India did not just ensure a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand but also helped India reach the No.1 position in test cricket. The achievement was made all the more special as the team they overtook were arch rivals Pakistan. India have since kept hold of the coveted ranking and won a cash reward for doing so on the April 1 deadline.
Kohli special at Wankhede-
There are few better stadiums to play Cricket than the iconic Wankhede Stadium. The stadium was packed to rafters for the 4th test v England. it was probably the finest atmosphere of the home season and the Indian captain gave them an occasion. His knock of 235 in Mumbai was an innings everyone who witnessed it will remember for a long while.
For years Virender Sehwag had been the only Indian to have a hit triple century. In 2016, a young Karun Nair gave him company on the illustrious list. Playing only his third match of his career, Nair showcased his extra ordinary talent and gave the world a warning of the hot prospect that Indian cricket has in its wings.
Kohli creates history
In the sole test match against Bangladesh at Hyderabad, Virat Kohli wrote his name in the cricket history books yet again. By virtue of scoring a tremendous double century Kohli become the first player ever to hit centuries in 4 consecutive series. This included series away to West Indies and home to New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.
Victory at Bangalore
Having been battered in the first test, India found themselves at a crossroads coming to Bangalore. Having conceded a 87 run lead on a tough pitch, it seemed the series was done and dusted for India. But this team showed their resolve and character. First a marvelous partnership of resolve and determination between Rahane and Pujara and then a fantastic 6-wicket haul from Ashwin ensured India leveled the series. This would be a win that would be remembered for ages and one of India’s finest at home.
Having lost Virat Kohli to injury, Stand in captain Ajinkya Rahane made a big call on the first morning of the match. Taking the bold call of playing the extra bowler, young chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. He responded to the trust enforced on him for the series decider in the perfect manner. After Australia were off to a flying start and found themselves at 144-1 on the morning of the first day, it was the 4-wicket haul by the left arm bowler which was the catalyst in restricting the visitors to 300.