India Draw First Blood, Score 356 for 3 on Stumps

INDvBAN Value half-centuries against New Zealand more Wriddhiman Saha

It looked like an on-drive where all that the skipper had done was to roll the wrists to help it to the fence. Kohli has surpassed his total of 1105 runs in the 2004/05 home season. "It's because of captaincy that you go on more than you usually do as a normal batsman".

Ajinkya Rahane(82 off 133 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja(60* off 78 balls) also did no harm to their averages.Rahane making his comeback showed his elegance once again and Jadeja played with aggresion as India neared declaration.

The double ton against Bangladesh propelled India to its third consecutive 600+ total in three consecutive test innings, another first for world cricket. True, Indian cricket has seen other double centuries scored in more challenging circumstances. Bangladesh made a positive start after India declared their first innings at 687 for 6, with Virat Kohli scoring a monumental 204 while Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha getting their respective centuries.

It is surprising to know that there are only three India batsmen who have scored more 200-plus scores than Kohli's four. When someone with only one 150-plus score in his first 11 centuries does this, it gives you an idea of how Virat's hunger has only grown and now he has become zealous about going on and on. His innings had a stamp of authority, and included 24 fours. "I don't read what is written about me in the newspapers, nor do I watch TV".

On his strategy for the day, Vijay said: "To be honest, I was feeling good about my game coming into the series, Hopefully, I can carry that forward". That six came after he had batted England out of the Mumbai Test and he felt he could have some fun.

"We can't take any aspect of their team lightly".

From Bangladesh's referral for the ball hitting the middle of Virat Kohli's bat to the Indian skipper's decision to review a caught behind to dismiss Soumya Sarkar, the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh has already given us a lot of memorable moments when it comes to the Decision Review System. In scarcely believable form he might be, but Kohli must be feeling similarly about this partnership right now. When India came close to winning in Johannesburg, their partnership lasted 26.2-overs. They are old-fashioned Test batsmen.

Kohli's answer revealed a lot about his batting too: "I have realised that as cricketers we limit ourselves to how much we want to do without trying to find out how much we can do". Now that the Indian captain has smashed four double tons in the past six months, critics have taken the back seat.

The headlines belonged to the India batsmen whose big knocks were centred around Kohli's heroics at Hyderabad's Uppal Stadium, which witnessed its highest-ever Test score on a day bursting with records.