India´s Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after reaching his century (100 runs) during the second day´s play of the first Test cricket match between India and West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot on October 5, 2018.
Resuming on 72 not out, Kohli calmly reached his century off 184 balls, moving above Virender Sehwag (23) to fourth place in the list of most Test hundreds for India and putting him behind only Sunil Gavaskar (34), Rahul Dravid (36) and Sachin Tendulkar (51). His innings was laced with 15 boundaries, which is also the third fastest Test hundred behind Shikhar Dhawan (85 balls) and Dwayne Smith (93).
Any hopes West Indies had of finding further immediate breakthroughs were then dashed as Shaw and Pujara combined in a 206-run second wicket stand to consolidate the innings.
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It has been a good last 30 days for the southpaw, who scored a gritty 86 in the final Test in England before making an ODI comeback with the Asia Cup in Dubai.
Debutant opener Prithvi and Cheteshwar Pujara's half-centuries helped India recover from the early blow. He used his strong wrists to get to the desired elevation and distance. Kohli had picked up two boundaries in the previous over from Devendra Bishoo and was looking to attack Sherman Lewis.
Rahane, meanwhile, had faced 92 balls and struck five fours and looked a safe bet for a half-century before edging a cut at part-time off-spinner Roston Chase to be caught at the wicket, with the close in sight. With the ball holding up in the pitch, Kohli wasn't able to time the drive on the up properly and was caught at mid-on after a 230-ball stay.
The way Pant was plundering the bowlers, it seemed he would get to three figures before his skipper.