Virat Kohli, was going to score his Test double ton. He would be well hold up by the center and inferior order as the Indian squad racked up a total that would denote they had a place of dominance for the rest of the Test. For the West Indies, their hard but ordinary bowling attack was leaving to persevere but would grow tied and begin leaking runs. We all knew what was going to occur, but the unkind way that the Indian batsmen went concerning making it realism was imposing. When Kohli reached his first twice hundred in any form of professional cricket, going past the 197 he made against Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited back in 2008. He was luminously supported by Ravichandran Ashwin who scored a superb 113. Ashwin’s batting has gone from power to strength since he made his Test debut in 2011, and he has merit his promotion to figure six in this side. There will be times where India wants to play the extra bowler and blooding Ashwin in the middle order is an investment in the future. He surely rewarded the faith in him, the highest he had ever batted in Test cricket before this match was number seven, but he was averaging 31. His record against the West Indies is at the present really quite extraordinary. Against every other opponent he averages 29 with a high score of 91 not out. When playing the West Indies his average is now 64 and he has made three hundreds, counting the effort in Antigua. When he walks to the crease with his side 236-4 there was a chance of India being bowled out for a sub-par total.
Instead he put together 168 run partnership with Kohli, the fifth uppermost stand for the fifth wicket for India against the West Indies. As well as Ashwin played, Friday was the second successive day that was all about Kohli and his ascension to magnitude. He isn’t there yet, but it is only a matter of occasion. He combined solidity and style in a way that hasn’t been seen in the India side since the fab four of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. The second ball subsequent to lunch brought Kohli’s innings to an end for exactly 200. It was something of a shock. A decent enough ball exterior off stump from Shannon Gabriel kept a bit low and Kohli tried to poke it into the off side. He only thrive in receiving an under edge and the ball cannoned into his middle stump. Kohli couldn’t quite consider what he had done; there was a chance to get a score so big it could have challenged Virender Sehwag’s Indian record of 319. It appear strange to say a batsman will be disappointed with a maiden double ton, but here Kohli has some cause to be. From there the steady accumulation continued but with a lot less style and grace than when Kohli was at the fold. The technique of option five batsmen and a wicketkeeper was a risky one, and against a stronger opponent it could land India in trouble, but having a big shot as capable as Ashwin as a genuine all-rounder in the formation means this balance is possible. Wriddhiman Saha was looking set to proof the fourth score of over fifty in the inning when he walked past a moon ball from part time spinner Kraigg Brathwaite that mysteriously turned past his edge. He was confused by Shane Dowrich, the youthful wicket-keeper’s first removal from office in Test cricket. While it would have disappointed the Indian management to see Saha depart in a tame way once well set, the fact that the ball was charming from the very occasional offies of Brathwaite will stimulate the Indian bowlers. In truth, by the time Saha had gone, India by now had sufficient to be thinking about a declaration, and it eventually came with the score on 566-8 with Brathwaite concluding with figures of 3-65. That gave the Indian bowlers 16 overs at the West Indians previous to stumps. Untimely wickets would give them a complete strangle hold on this game and the home squad were well aware of this. They didn’t quite run that, Rajendra Chandrika edging behind off the bowling of Mohammad Shami for a 43 ball 16. There is a alike apprehension inevitability about what the West Indies can wait for on Saturday. Chances are they will be bowled out a long way small of India’s total and Virat Kohli will have to make a follow on choice.