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Published on February 10th, 2017 | by Sandipan Banerjee

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Virat Kohli – Just a contemporary great or modern Don?

They come in each era to create an impact over the cricket followers. They cast a spell which keeps the fans moved and fascinated. They use the piece of wood either like a weapon of mass destruction or like a painter’s brush. Such willow-wielders are rare breeds and you can escape a romantic date with your love to spend a whole day to watch the show of such batsmen, whole day.

Four double centuries in four consecutive series — with his 204 against Bangladesh on Day Two of the Hyderabad Test, Virat Kohli has now achieved this milestone, which even the great Sir Don Bradman couldn’t during his prime.

The kind of consistency, which Kohli is showing these days, is truly Bradmanish. His knock in this Test, was his fifth 100 plus score in this ongoing 2016-17 season for India, which commenced from the tour of West Indies. The Indian captain is making batting look ridiculously easy, which actually isn’t and any cricketer can confirm that. It is just the sheer class of this cricketer.

And remember, he is just 28.

This particular knock against Bangladesh is a classic example of why experts have started to refer Kohli as one of the all-time best to play international cricket.

He was classy, dominating, full of impact and flawless and reaching the three-figure mark without making much fuss about it, like Sir Don used to do.

On Day One, as many as 50.5 overs were bowled when Kohli came out to bat and from the very first ball, he was in autopilot mode by hitting Mehedi Hasan Miraz for a swift boundary between the cover and backfoot point. Finding the gap is a sign of great players, but Kohli can do it from the very first ball.

From there, there was no stopping him. On a classic batting track, a tired looking Bangladesh bowling attack had no answer to Kohli’s authoritative batsmanship.

“The opposition doesn’t matter. I watch the ball, the revolutions on the ball, how much turn, it has from the pitch. I am not playing any names or who is running in to bowl,” the Indian skipper lived up to his words.

From drives, cuts, pulls, flicks to the trademark whiplash to the mid-wicket — it was a typical Virat Kohli innings with the strike-rate in the mid-70s. He brought up his fifty off 70 balls and later propelled to the three-figure score within the next 60 deliveries on Day One itself.

Day Two was no different and Kohli continued in his merry fashion. He propelled towards his milestone double by scoring his third fifty of the innings in 40 balls and the next one in 69.

With this knock, Kohli now has a Test hundred against each Test playing nation he has played against Most importantly, he achieved this rare feat within just 55 Tests. Zimbabwe and Pakistan are the only two teams against whom, the Indian run machine is yet to feature in the longer format.

Recently in the media there has been a debate going on Bradman’s possible batting average, if he had played cricket in this era. Well, I would not like to comment that, but if the Aussie great had played cricket in our time, Virat Kohli would have been his only genuine competitor to challenge his average, that is for sure.

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