England v India Test - Men's
Kohli reveals his finest Test century
India captain suggests 2014 Adelaide hundred in fourth-innings chase tops his first ton on British soil
4 August 2018, 01:59 PM AEST
Virat Kohli's first Test century in the United Kingdom was one of his best, but the Indian skipper still rates his final-day century against Australia in the 2014 Adelaide Test above all others.
After managing just 134 runs from 10 knocks against England on India's last tour of the UK, Kohli dispelled doubts over his capabilities against the moving ball with a brilliant 149 in the series-opener this week.
The 225-ball knock accounted for more than half the visitors' first innings tally and was labelled by many as one of the finest knocks of the 29-year-old's 67-Test career.
But Kohli suggested his majestic 141 in a brave fourth innings chase in Adelaide on India's most recent Test tour Down Under remains his finest Test knock.
"I’m not sure – this (hundred against England) could probably come in second to Adelaide," he told the BCCI's website.
"It still remains very special to me, because it was the second innings and we were chasing a target, and I had total clarity that we are going for the target. Not once did I think (otherwise).
"That was a beautiful zone to be in, but today I’m very happy and grateful for having this opportunity to help the team this way and pull us back in the Test and compete.
"That’s what we’re here to do. We’re here to compete. We’re here to fight and we will continue doing that."
At the time, Kohli labelled the emotional 2014 Adelaide Test as the greatest game he'd played in.
There had been questions over whether the match, Kohli's first as Test captain, would go ahead as the cricket world mourned the tragic death of Phillip Hughes only weeks earlier.
Set an improbable 364 to win after the match was eventually pushed back, India looked on track to pull off the incredible as Kohli joined David Warner in posting his second century of the match on the game's fifth day.
But the dismissal of Murali Vijay for 99 sparked a crippling collapse, as Nathan Lyon bowled the hosts to victory with a match haul of 12 wickets.
Kohli had stood rooted to the crease for what seemed an eternity following his final-day dismissal to Lyon but, when he fronted the press soon after, any lingering regret at the defeat had morphed into pride.
With his post-match comments a telling preview to the prevailing philosophy of his soon-to-begin full-time captaincy tenure.
"If we were able to pull this off, today would have been one of the most special moments in my life," Kohli said after the Adelaide Test.
"But I'm really proud of the way the boys played.
"If at any stage that we had in mind that we might play for a draw, we would have lost by 150 runs, to be honest.
"So we went for it. That is what I am happy about."