Virat Kohli 'The soft killer': Biggest compliment came from enemy camp

Kohli got several congratulatory messages for the splendid show.

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli played a scintillating innings against New Zealand as he scored a double ton.

Kohli notched up his second double ton of the year by scoring 211 while Rahane posted his second hundred of 2016 with a 188 as India rode their record-breaking fourth-wicket stand of 365. India declared their innings at 557/6 and are in commanding position.

Kohli got several congratulatory messages for the splendid show.

But the best compliment came from the enemy camp.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said the Indian captain had taken the game away from the visitors.

“(It was) high quality batting, took a good delivery to create half chances. Went through long periods of play where we reeled out a lot of plans, stuck to our game well, but we were worn down. Kohli killed us softly, is the nicest way of describing it, after scoring about 120 singles (out of his career best score of 211),” Hesson told media at the end of the day’ play.

“A tough day but, sounds funny, also a satisfying day in terms of the standards we set. Our seam bowlers delivering 30 overs, 135-140 kmph at times, in heat and humidity. At no stage did we roll over and give soft runs. I thought it was a high quality Test cricket. We contributed to that with our bowling.

“When you go over a 100 overs without a wicket it can be demoralising. If you’re not strong willed and keep fighting it can be tough, but we did that pretty well,” he added.

Why he said Kohli killed them softly?

He took 117 singles and 7 twos. He scored only 37.91 per cent of the runs in boundaries. This was the lowest percentage among all double-centuries Indian batsmen have scored in the last 26 years.

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(IANS inputs)