Dominica: Indian captain Virat Kohli is set to achieve a unique feat in international cricket during the upcoming tour of West Indies. If he plays against Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of West Indies legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kohli will become the second Indian cricketer to face a father-son duo in Tests away from home. Sachin Tendulkar achieved this milestone in 2011 when he played against Shaun Marsh in Australia, almost 19 years after facing his father Geoff Marsh.
India is gearing up for a comprehensive series against West Indies, featuring two Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is. After their disappointing performance in the World Test Championship final against Australia, led by Rohit Sharma, the Indian team aims to kick-start this cycle with a victory.
Kohli reminisced about his favourite memories of playing in the Caribbean, highlighting his first-ever double hundred in Test cricket, which he achieved in Antigua. The special moment was made even more memorable as West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards witnessed the achievement and personally congratulated Kohli.
On the West Indian pitches, the trio of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane, known as the ‘Holy Trinity’ of Indian batting, will face a challenging task. Kohli, in particular, needs to deliver significant performances, as he has struggled in the format for a considerable period. The skilled West Indies pacers might exploit his weaknesses outside the off-stump channel. A series of low scores from Kohli could lead to further scrutiny and questions about the differing treatment of him compared to Cheteshwar Pujara.
It is worth noting that both Kohli and Pujara have averaged below 30 in the last three years, but only Pujara faced criticism and was eventually dropped from the side.