Kohli sets sights on more double-ton heroics
India captain Virat Kohli believes he can transfer his double-century scoring exploits from Test cricket to the one-day arena.
The superstar batsman has scored successive doubles in the series against Sri Lanka as he continues his stratospheric spell in charge of the team.
Kohli has hit all six of his double hundreds in the longest format in the space of a year and a half, his tally of 200+ scores as captain is a record.
With an ODI-best score of 183, Kohli is some way behind the individual scoring record of his compatriot Rohit Sharma, who scored an astonishing 264 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata in 2014, but the skipper believes he could set a new benchmark if conditions fall in his favour.
"Double hundred is not something I can plan. I think maybe if I get to bat early, and the wicket is nice," Kohli told the BCCI's official website.
"I have come close twice but it's something I can't pinpoint. Rohit has done it twice but I don't think I can play as many shots like him in the latter half of the innings.
"He ended up getting there because he is unstoppable when he goes past 130-140. But I will try to do it if I have enough overs."
Kohli has proven almost impossible for Sri Lanka to oust in the ongoing Test series between the teams, scoring 560 runs across four innings at 186.66 - his last three scores are 104 not out, 213 and 243.
Speaking alongside Cheteshwar Pujara, scorer of 14 Test tons, Kohli - perhaps somewhat tongue-in-cheek - credited the top-order batsman for inspiring his recent glut.
Kohli explained as Pujara grinned: "It feels wonderful. It was always my mindset to score big hundreds, something that I have watched you do a lot in your career early on and learnt also, how to concentrate for longer periods.
"We have all learnt from his [Pujara's] long innings, his concentration levels and his will to keep batting. So I also got inspired by that to keep batting for the team for as long as possible.
"Now I only think of how I can play more for the team and then you know, you don't feel the tiredness and anything else and keep carrying on looking at the situation."