IND vs WI: Dinesh Karthik Explains Why Virat Kohli Has Fewer Test Centuries Than Joe Root And Steve Smith

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The Fab Four debate has been reignited after Virat Kohli’s century in the ongoing second Test between India and West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

The Fab Four is short for ‘Fabulous Four’ and is a popular term used to unite four hitters: Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson, considered by many to be the best hitters of this generation. Virat Kohli was believed by many to have fallen behind the other three after failing to score much of late.

However, the former India captain has turned things around in a remarkable way. He hasn’t looked back since he ended his three-year drought with his first T20 century against Afghanistan in the Asian Cup. He too has been in sublime form in the ongoing series against the West Indies.

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Dinesh Karthik on Virat Kohli’s Test century tally:

Virat Kohli scored 76 runs in the first Test before playing a fine 121-run strike in the first innings of the ongoing second Test. One of the reasons the Indian star was believed by many to be behind the likes of Steve Smith and Joe Root in the Tests is because he has failed to consistently score centuries in the last few years or so. He currently has 29 centuries in Tests while Root and Smith have 30 and 32 centuries respectively.

And veteran goalkeeper and batsman Dinesh Karthik has explained the reason behind it. Speaking to Cricbuzz, Karthik explained why Kohli has fewer hundreds of proofs than Root and Smith.

“Virat Kohli plays all three formats, and that is going to affect his body. While Joe Root and Steve Smith just play a lot more in the two formats, ODI and Test Cricket. Both Australia and England sometimes end up playing more Test cricket than India, giving them the best chance of finishing with many more hundreds.

“But knowing the man and the kind of discipline he is displaying across the board in various countries, he could easily end up as the best 100 Test race winner in the world, if not the fabulous four. Virat Kohli said.

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