’Taking the Positives’ was a phrase that became synonymous with England towards the end of Duncan Fletcher’s reign as coach (and under Peter Moores to be fair), and it would be the phrase rolled out every time England got a disappointing result.
It would be fair to say that Fletcher hasn’t had the chance to take ‘too many positives’ out of his last 8 tests in charge of India. But at last there is a positive and it comes in the form of ‘Virat Kohli.’
Kohli’s maiden test century could have come a lot earlier than it has, but it has come at a timely moment for Fletcher with pressure on him to make wholesale changes to the team after their second whitewash.
With some of the old guard likely to be replaced, the last thing Fletcher needed was clamour for Kholi to be dropped also, or to be carrying him in the test side at a time of transition.
Obviously one innings doesn’t mean he has made it at test level, but for a while at least it should silence the doubters who have pigeon holed him as an ODI batsmen only.
So at least that is one less headache for Fletcher in the immediate aftermath of his latest thrashing