Kohli 1st captain to score hat-trick of centuries in 3-Test series
New Delhi: Captain Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay made a mockery of a sub-par Sri Lankan attack with effortless centuries as India cruised to 371 for four on the first day of the third and final cricket Test. Skipper Kohli (156 batting), who is on a record-breaking spree, smashed his 20th hundred in the company of Vijay (155) as they added 283 runs for the third wicket.
The Sri Lankan bowlers were not even capable of bowling to the set field as Vijay hit 13 boundaries while Kohli s innings had 16 boundaries. The skipper made it look like a knocking session against a bowling attack, which at times looked inferior than a middle-rung first-class side playing Ranji Trophy.
Kohli also became the first international captain to score a hat-trick of hundreds in a three-Test series. If Kohli intimidated the Sri Lankans with his range of strokes, the sublime Vijay punished them with innumerable cuts throughout the day.
Watching the Lankans bowl without any sense of purpose, a former India player turned commentator made a classic comment. Lahiru Gamage at best could be a third pacer of a mid-level Ranji Trophy side!
The gulf between the two sides was more evident as Kohli at times merely pushed the balls through the gaps and fetched boundaries at will. One sided contests at times can be painful for the spectators and the ruthless demolition of Sri Lanka certainly did not make up for a good contest between bat and ball.
Vijay was finally stumped off a Lakshan Sandakan delivery giving the visitors something to cheer about towards the fag end of the day.
Stacking up some amazing numbers before the South Africa series would do a world of good in terms of confidence for the batsmen.