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VVS Laxman reveals why he is a big fan of Virat Kohli

Kohli's record-breaking outing on Sunday helped his side's cause a lot and with a gigantic 384 run lead, it's just a matter of time before India wrap the second Test. 

VVS Laxman
Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman. (Photo by Shankar Mourya/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

In a series of delightful and predictable events at Nagpur, Indian skipper Virat Kohli smashed yet another double-century, to add more glory to his illustrious 2017 campaign. Everyone in the stadium and in the commentary box was in awe of the masterful innings from the 29-year-old, including VVS Laxman. Laxman himself is a champion when it comes to playing marathon knocks and the Indian skipper won huge praises from the legendary middle-order batsman.

Laxman appreciated Kohli’s approach and his selfless attitude, which according to him, have been the catalysts behind his success over the course of time. He believes Kohli enjoys the added responsibility on his shoulders and this is what makes him such a special player. Kohli smashed 213 off just 267 balls, which included 17 fours and a couple of big sixes.

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“As a captain, you do not really think of personal records, what you look to do is how your batting can contribute to set the game for Team India. How your batting can win the matches for Team India, and that is why he (Virat) is averaging 50 plus in all formats of the game. His average has improved after becoming captain. He enjoys that responsibility and that is special about him,” VVS said during the post-lunch show on Sunday in Star Sports.

A sublime blend of class and dominance

Kohli literally steamrolled past the Lankans on day 3, showing no mercy to the helpless and tiring bowlers. It was an exhibition of pure class and dominance on display and on his path, he knocked out plenty of long-standing records. He became the first captain to register 10 International scores of 100 or more in a calendar year, going past the likes of Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith.

He also became the highest century-getter in Tests amongst all the Indian skippers, with 12 tons after his name. His record-breaking outing helped his side’s cause a lot and with a gigantic 384 run lead, it’s just a matter of time before India wrap the second Test.

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