Mumbai: The Indian tour of Australia could've been rated an abject failure so far if it hadn't been for one player -- Virat Kohli. Kohli has grown in stature on the tour, rising above the batting failures, non-athletic fielding and magnanimous bowling of some of his more experienced teammates, to gradually stamp his authority on the international game.
Up until this series he was widely accepted as a fine short form player but it has been his improvement in the Test match arena that has stamped him as an integral part of India's way forward. There were signs in a first innings of 23 at the SCG that he was starting to come to grips with Test cricket in general and Australian conditions in particular.
They were only small steps but compared with what was happening with the rest of the team it was at least a miner's lamp at the end of an otherwise dark tunnel. This small offering was followed by a good double at the WACA where a second innings century beckoned until his teammates imploded and left him last out, flailing away in a vain attempt to reach three figures with only the number eleven for support.