Virat Kohli is expected to break his almost five-year overseas test century drought during the forthcoming Test series against the West Indies, according to Aakash Chopra. The opening encounter of a two-match series between Indian team and the Windies will take place at Roseau on Wednesday, July 12.
In December 2018 in Perth against Australia, Kohli achieved his 100th Test century. Chopra discussed the chances of India’s two most seasoned batters in the forthcoming series in a video posted on his YouTube account. In reference to Kohli, he said:
“It is a very interesting thing that Virat Kohli has not scored an overseas Test century for five years – the last time it came was in 2018, after that an overseas Test century hasn’t come. So that wait might end in this series.”
The former Indian batsman did admit that the great batsman’s Test record in the West Indies is not very spectacular, noting:
“If you see otherwise, his numbers are good against all teams, but the West Indies and England are the two teams and places where his numbers are slightly lower based on his standards, they are very good based on other people’s standards. So the focus will be on Virat Kohli.”
In his 13 Test games in the Caribbean, Kohli has scored 463 runs overall. Aakash Chopra questioned if Ajinkya Rahane‘s appointment to vice-captain guarantees his spot in the team:
“Ajinkya Rahane – it is an intriguing story. He was out of the team for 18 months and suddenly you do well in the World Test Championship final and you become the vice-captain of the side. But does that mean his place is secured?”
Chopra believes the Mumbai batsman must get runs against the Windies in order to keep his position in India’s Test squad:
“No, he was the vice-captain once earlier as well when Kohli was the captain. It was in South Africa and he was dropped in the first Test. So I don’t think his place is cemented. I feel he will have to score runs. He will be able to save his place if he scores runs or else the vice-captaincy tag will not be of much use.”
In the WTC final, Rahane achieved 89 and 46 runs in two innings. Prior to that, he had 547 runs at a poor average of 20.26 in 27 Test innings and would need to produce regularly to preserve his spot in the team.
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