Virat Kohli scored 200 runs from both the innings in the first test against England at Edgbaston. He slammed 149 runs in the first innings and 51 runs in the second innings. He added more than 50 percent of the team’s score in the game.
Former Indian Captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi scored 67 runs in the first innings and 148 runs in the second innings in the Leeds Test against England. He scored 212 runs in total to stand as the first Indian captain to register the highest aggregate in a test. Kohli stands as the second man to score the highest number of runs in aggregate in a test match against England on their home ground.
Mohammed Azharuddin scored 179 runs in the first innings and 11 runs in the second innings in 1990 in a test match against England at Manchester. He scored 190 runs in total to stand as the third man in this list. Next, in this list, Sourav Ganguly stands in the fourth position with 167 runs in 2002 at Trent Bridge. Ganguly slammed 68 and 99 runs from both the innings in that game.
In this context, veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar opined that Indians lacked practice and hence lost the first test match against England. He said that to compete with a strong team like England, only eight days of competitive cricket is not sufficient. India played 2 T20Is against Ireland and 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs against England.
He further added that Virat Kohli has the potential to slam a fifty or a hundred even after an off of 50 days but other batsmen cannot do that without thorough practice. He criticized the cricketers for taking off for five days after the completion of limited overs series. He opined that the schedule should be planned so that the gap between a series and another one should be three plus three days but not a total of five days in a row.