On Monday, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri heaped special praise on Virat Kohli after he notched up his 50th International century in Kolkata and said “sky is the limit” for the skipper who is at the halfway stage in equalling Sachin Tendulkar’s feat.
“Sky is the limit. He (Kohli) is a fabulous player and I am very happy,” said Shastri.
Kohli’s hunger for runs and his ability to convert half- centuries into hundreds was on full view as he bounced back from his first innings duck to score an unbeaten 104 to take India within sniffing distance of a glorious win after being on the back foot in the first four days.
Wickets fell around him but the Indian skipper kept his calm and raced to his 18th Test century.
In the list of most number of centuries, Kohli sits at number eighth behind Brian Lara (53), Mahela Jayawardene (54), Hashim Amla (54), Jaques Kallis (62), Kumar Sangakkara (63) Ricky Ponting (71) and iconic Sachin Tendulkar (100), who is the only cricketer to get 100 international hundreds.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly termed Kohli as a fantastic cricketer.
“It was a majestic innings by him (Kohli). He is very good as a captain. He has a long way to go,” Ganguly said.