235 vs England at Mumbai in December 2016
The kind of form Kohli is in, his knock at the Wankhede Stadium won him more admirers. England put India under pressure after posting 400 in the first innings. But Kohli and opener Murali Vijay (136) added 116 runs for third wicket. Kohli then teamed up with tailender Jayant Yadav (104), debutant in the series, to add 241 runs for the eighth wicket as India posted 631 in their reply. It was also the first time Kohli hit a six in his three double Test tons.
With the pitch deteriorating, England knew their backs were to the walls to make a comeback in the Test to avoid a whitewash.
200 vs West Indies at Antigua in July 2016
Virat Kohli played his intention pretty clear about his approach for the season. After losing two early wickets, the Indian skipper stepped up to ensure his team posts an imposing total of 566 for eight declared. In the process, Kohli ended up hitting his maiden double ton in Test cricket. His knock set the platform for India to register their biggest win outside Asia — an innings and 92 runs win.
211 vs New Zealand at Indore in October 2016
The Kiwis managed to keep the Indian skipper quiet for the first two Tests. However, in the third and final Test, a dead rubber, Kohli came out all guns blazing to counter attack the Kiwis, who were looking to dominate the Indian batsmen after reducing the hosts to 100/3. Kohli along with Ajinkya Rahane (188) added 365 runs for the fourth wicket as India posted 557 for five declared in the first innings.
167 & 81 vs England at Vishakhapatnam in November 2016
It was once again Kohli leading the team from the front to ensure India go 1-0 up in the second Test at the ACA-VDCA Stadium. England had India on the mat in the first innings with both openers back in the pavilion with score reading 22/2. Kohli and Chesteshwar Pujara (119) added 226 runs for the third wicket as India posted 455 in the first innings. In the second innings, India were once again in trouble at 40/3. Kohli played a strokeful 81 to post a fighting 405-run target. England though fell short by 246 runs in their chase.
49 not out vs England at Rajkot in November 2016
It is not just about big knocks that define Kohli. The Indian skipper has mastered the art of slowing down things or cut down on his shots if the situation demanded. Very rarely was India faced with a challenge of saving a Test at home. With 310 to win in 49 overs, the Indian batsmen’s intentions were all of going for a win. But in the process of playing expansive shots, they gave away their wickets at 132/6, India was suddenly staring at defeat. Kohli dug deep and found able partners in R Ashwin (32) and Ravindra Jadeja (32 not out) to take draw the contest.