Indian captain Virat Kohli’s breathtaking double hundred helps hosts crush Alastair Cook’s England in the fourth Test by an innings and 36 runs on Monday to complete second consecutive series triumph on the home soil this season.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked all four wickets on the last morning of the play as visitors were bowled for just 195 runs in their second innings at Wankhede Stadium, handing hosts an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the five-match series with one to go.
Kohli, who has now scored the most number of runs in the year 2016 across all three formats, scored an astonishing 235 off 340 balls, as hosts recovered from 304 for six to 631 all-out after English skipper Cook won the toss and opted to bat first, and scored an impressive 400, courtesy brilliant debut ton from young Keaton Jennings, who scored 112 off 219, which included 13 boundaries.
Kohli, who has already scored 640 runs in seven innings in this series with a more than impressive average of 128, is also the leading run scorer from both teams and is almost certain to stay there, with England’s Joe Root being the closest, who is 243 runs behind the stylish right-hander with only two possible innings to play.
The 28-year-old smashed 25 boundaries and one six in marathon innings, which lasted nearly nine hours, and has also reached the batting average of over 50 for the first time in his 52-Test career.
Kohli was equally supported by young all-rounder Jayant Yadav, who became the first Indian cricketer to score a hundred while batting on the ninth position in the batting order. Yadav joined Kohli when India were trailing England by 36 runs in the first innings, and put up a partnership of 241 runs for the eight wicket, in which he scored 104 off 204 balls, which included 15 boundaries.
For England, apart from Jennings’ debut ton, there is not much to be excited about as the visitors once again humiliated in spin friendly conditions.The result also raised more questions about the future of Cook as the captain of the English Test side, as he openly admitted before the series that he wants to play as a batsman in the side.
For his innings which turned the match on its head, Indian skipper Virat Kohli was awarded the man of the match.The last match of the series will be played in Chennai from December 16 on Friday.