HYDERBAD: The Indian skipper Virat kohli has credited his prolific run of form with the bat to his captaincy, saying that the added responsibility has left no room for complacency in his batting . Kohli on Friday completed a double century on the second day of the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad, scoring 204 to help India reach a commanding total of 687/6 . This was the captain's fourth double ton in Test cricket, with all four of them coming after he was given charge of the team in longer format of the game.
"I think it is because of captaincy that you tend to go on more than what you usually would as a normal batsman. I think ṭhe room for complacency is no more presented when you become captain . So , that has something to do with me playing long innings'" the 28-year-old right handed batsman said.
I have always wanted to play long innings and my first seven or eight hundreds were not even 120 plus scores. After that I made a conscious effort to bat long and control my excitement or not be complacent at any stage," he was quoted as saying to the 'bcci.tv', when asked about his hunger for big scores.
With the 204-run kock, Kohli became the first batsman in history of Test cricket to claim four double hundreds in as many series. In the process he surpases the legendary Sir Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid, both of whom had three double hundreds in successive series.
Kohli's four double hundreds have come against West Indies (200) , New Zealand (211) , England (235) and now Bangladesh.
The Indian captain said I have worked on my fitness level over the years and feel I can go for longer periods now. I don't get tired much as I used to before . Definitely, I don't get satisfied when I get a Test hundred which I have to keep going on till the time the team needs to," said the batsman.
He , however admitted that the Hyderabad pitch was not as testing as other wickets that I scored double centuries on. I think the focus was only on to follow my intent but at the same time be careful in terms of choosing my shots. Luckily I struck a right balance in this particular innings and it felt good to have such a big score," Kohli said.
On asking why he did not think of using DRS initially, Kohli said , I thought if the ball had spun right from under my eye when I was batting on 180-odd it has to spin a lot more for me to miss it because I have been connecting well. It was not a lapse in concentration , the ball really spun sharply from in front of my pads. We had two reviews and if I got out I was going to be the fifth batsman who got out and the others could use one review still."
But Kohli said he was sure that he was out leg before and so he did not use the DRS second time when he walked out off the field on 204.
"I also felt I was right in front of the stumps. I don't wanted to use a review because i felt iwas plumb in front. Moreover , ( Wriddhiman) Saha or (Ravindra) Jadeja might be nearing a milestone (later after him) and they could be using a DRS for themselves as well."