The first Test of the five-Test series in England has been particularly exciting. England has won its 1,000th Test match, and has maintained its record of being unbeaten against India at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
The match could have gone either way a number of times, with England winning by just 31 runs. England scored 287 in the first innings, and 180 in the second. India reached 274 in the first innings, and 162 all out at 54.2 overs in the second innings.
Virat Kohli Comments
The India skipper had an excellent personal game. He had the following to say about the first Test of the series: “First of all, it was a great game of cricket for all those watching at home, and here in the stadium. Glad to be part of such an exciting Test match; there were a couple of moments when we came back.”
Kohli went on to note that England made India work hard for their runs. He also commented that India could have had better shot selection, and that the team needs to “apply ourselves better with the bat.”
“We need to take the negatives out and build on the positives as we go on,” said the captain.
Kohli Hits Century in First Test
In the first Innings, Kohli scored a beautiful century, reaching an outstanding 149 runs. In the second innings, Kohli made a half century with 51 runs.
It has taken Kohli just 67 Tests to become the top-ranked Test cricket batsman. He has now overtaken Steve Smith, who held the top Test batsman rank for 32 months.
Kohli began the match with 903 points, and rose in the ranks by adding another 31 points to his name. He will have to continue to bat well throughout the upcoming Test matches to maintain his number one spot.
Kohli is now ranked as the number one batsman for One Day International matches, and for Test matches. He is only ranked 12th in T20s. In order to become the overall top batsman, the India skipper will have to improve his T20 totals.