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Virat Kohli will score a century in 4th Test, predicts Michael Vaughan

Kohli returned to the top of the International Cricket Council's Test batting rankings following his man-of-the-match effort at Trent Bridge

New Delhi: Virat Kohli has been the standout performer with the bat in the ongoing five-match Test series between India and England. Virat Kohli has been the best performer for the Indian cricket team in the ongoing Test series against England and he is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Indian skipper has been head and shoulders above the rest, having amassed 440 runs at an average of 73.33 in six innings the next best being Jonny Bairstow with 206 runs in five innings.

The stylish right-hander has already hit two centuries and two fifties in the series. When asked on Twitter about the likelihood of another Kohli hundred during the crucial 4th Test at The Rose Bowl in Southampton, former England captain Michael Vaughan gave a simple answer “highly likely”.

At the start of the series, a lot was written about Kohli’s disastrous form in England. However, the Indian cricket team skipper has proven everyone wrong with his impressive performances.

Kohli’s 200 runs at Trent Bridge the second time in the series he had compiled a double century of runs in the match, following his defiant effort in a losing cause at Edgbaston — was exactly what India needed after going 2-0 down in the series and at Southampton, they will be looking to become the one team in the history of Test cricket has won a five-match series on foreign soil from 2-0 down.

Despite being tested by the swing of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, Kohli has risen to the occasion and battled the English, single-handedly at times.

However, there were signs of fight from other Indian batsmen, namely Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, during the third Test at Trent Bridge, which bodes well for the Indian team going into the penultimate Test of the series.

Kohli returned to the top of the International Cricket Council’s Test batting rankings following his man-of-the-match effort at Trent Bridge.

With 23 centuries under his belt, Kohli is equal with Virender Sehwag (India), Kevin Pietersen (England), Justin Langer (Australia), Steve Smith (Australia) and Javed Miandad (Pakistan), who have as many centuries each to their names.

After being 0-2 down after the first two Tests, few had given India hope of making a comeback in the series. But a win in Southampton will draw the visitors level at 2-2 and throw a spanner in the works of the English, who would have been dreaming of a comprehensive series win.

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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