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Vinod Kambli hails Virat Kohli for his consistency

Kohli has amassed 544 runs in this series so far.

Virat Kohli
Indian captain Virat Kohli bats. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

One VK came out in full-hearted praise for another VK even after India lost the fourth Test match against England in Southampton on Sunday to squander the five-match series 1-3. Former Indian batsman Vinod Kambli is immensely impressed with captain Virat Kohli was standing up and delivering in every game but felt that an individual could not win Test matches abroad.

India were all out for 184 on Day 4 of the match after they came out to bat for a target of 245 to level the series. They were off to a poor start, losing 3 wickets for 22 runs, and even after Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane hit the fifties to resurrect the innings, it proved to be far too much for the other batsmen to accomplish after the skipper fell to Moeen Ali. India lost six wickets for 61 runs after Kohli departed with Ali picking up four wickets to back his five-wicket haul in the first innings.

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Kohli’s amazing form in the series

With two centuries and three half-centuries in this series, Virat Kohli has now scored 544 runs at an average of 68, though he did not find much support from others to keep the series alive till the final game. This also marked the second series loss for him as a captain and the second successive one, after their 1-2 defeat to South Africa in January.

The former left-handed batsman, who had hit a double century at home against England in Tests, said in a tweet, “Each and every game it is @imVKohli who stands up and delivers. But just one person being consistent doesn’t win you test matches abroad. Others also need to step and deliver. But what a batsman you are turning out to be #ViratKohli.”

Kohli started the series with 149 at Edgbaston, burying the ghosts of the 2014 series in which he had fared miserably, and went on to hit 200 runs in one Test twice with one in the winning cause. But there was not enough support from the other batsmen on a consistent basis which could have seen him returning with a better captaincy record from England.

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