2016 in review: Kohli offers vision of India future

SYDNEY: Virat Kohli joined the greats with three double-centuries as India dominated Test cricket in a year where ‘homeless’ Pakistan soared and dived and Australia grappled with crisis.

India’s cricket scaled new heights as the Test side reclaimed its world number one ranking during their 3-0 whitewash of the touring New Zealanders in October and remained unbeaten in all of their 11 Tests in 2016. They crowned their year with a home series win over England with skipper Kohli in commanding form with a match-defining 235 in the fourth Test at Mumbai.

Kohli is among just five batsmen, including Don Bradman and Ricky Ponting, to amass three double-centuries in a single year.

“The future of Indian cricket rests on Virat Kohli … the world will be at his feet in a few years’ time,” hailed former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.

Pakistan, forced to play away from home over security issues, flirted with the number one status after drawing a Test series 2-2 with England in August before relinquishing top spot to India.

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