New Delhi: Virat Kohli on Saturday notched up his 15th Test hundred during third day's play of the fourth Test match against England at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
In the process, the 28-year-old created a host of records, earning praise of critics and fans alike. One such fan was Piers Morgan, the celebrity British British journalist who is famous in India for his many Twitters duels with former opener Virender Sehwag.
Just after Kohli reached his second hundred of the series, Morgan took to his favourite micro-blogging site and declared that the India Test captain is the "new Little Master".
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 10, 2016
On a record breaking day in Mumbai, Kohli eclipsed few impressive records. First he became the first Indian to hit 1000 Test runs in a calendar year, since Rahul Dravid did it in 2011.
He also became the first Indian captain to score 1000-plus runs in a year after Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and Dravid (2006).
Then, his 500-plus runs in a series is only the second for an Indian captain, after Sunil Gavaskar.
In the process, he also became the 14th and sixth fastest Indian to hit 4000 Test runs.
Besides, his 2400* at an average of over 85 is season's leading tally in all formats of the game.
Sure a big day for him.
Then, as expected Twitter goes bananas. Here are some of the posts
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 10, 2016
— Kopu Sharma (@Fuyohboy) December 10, 2016
My grandfather told my
father about Don
Told me about Sachin.. I
will tell my Son About
Virat Kohli . #INDvENG
— zoy_pal (@zoy_pal) December 10, 2016
— Virat Kohli (@ViratsArmy) December 10, 2016
Sachin gave us reason to smile ,but Virat Kohli made us confident enough to laugh it loud .A grt player, captain n Idol to millions #INDvENG
— sanjay mishra (@CricketMishra) December 10, 2016
Use 'Virat Kohli' as a promocode and get Rs.100 cashback.
— LolmLol (@LOLiyapa) December 10, 2016
Virat Kohli scored Four IPL Centuries with 24 Sixes...
Virat Kohli scored Four Test Centuries with 0 Sixes...
— Cricket Pakistan (@PCB_INFO) December 10, 2016
Yes, besides Tendulkar, two other batting greats — Hanif Mohammad and Sunil Gavaskar — were also known as the Little Masters because of their relatively short stature.
But calling Kohli a "Little Master" might just not fit the bill because, the Delhi batsman who stands 1.75m tall is taller than all three legends.
Both Sachin and Gavaskar are 1.65m tall.
Morgan, for all his wordly-craft, will need to find a more fitting, appropriate title for Kohli.