Virat Kohli one of the batting greats of our generation: Alastair Cook

first_imgAs England crashed to an innings and 36-run defeat in the fourth Test, giving India the series victory, captain Alastair Cook was left ruing the missed chances by his team. (Match Highlights | Scorecard)India won the series 3-0 with one Test remaining, and have beaten England in a Test series for the first time since 2008.On what has been a dismal tour for England, they also picked up an unwelcome statistic of becoming just the third side in Test history to compile 400 in the first innings and still lose by an innings. (The world will be at Virat Kohli’s feet in a few years’ time: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”Historically on this ground, 400 is a good score in the first innings and in the second innings, we had our chances. We’ve just not taken those chances,” rued Cook.”They were 300/6 and obviously Virat Kohli played an extraordinary innings. We dropped him on 60 odd and Jayant Yadav played well too. We gave him a couple of chances as well. We were in the game for three days, but weren’t good enough to take those opportunities and that’s what cost us. Full credit to India,” he said. (Virat Kohli joins Bradman, Ponting in elite list after third double hundred in 2016)India skipper Virat Kohli, who hit 235 in the hosts’ massive first innings total of 631 for his third double century of the year, was adjudged the Man of the Match.Kohli is also the leading run-scorer in the series with 640 runs at an average of 128. (Kohli made batting a lot easier, says Jayant Yadav)advertisementCook praised Kohli for his heroics and termed his Indian counterpart as “one of the great batsmen of our generation”. (Virat Kohli gives Wankhede, that Tendulkar experience)”Kohli is in incredible form. He is having one of those years you dream of as a player and as a captain. He leads from the front, he scores a hell a lot of runs. That’s a huge amount of credit to him and clearly one of the great batsmen of our generation. Certainly it’s very hard to bowl to him in these kind of conditions when he’s in this form,” he said.last_img

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