The India captain reminded everyone why he, when on song, is the best batsman in the world.
Joe Root while trying to survive.
Kohli's struggles during India's last tour here in 2014 have been well documented but he made the ideal start to this series, making 149 with 23 boundaries.
116- Balls faced by Kohli after the fall of seventh wicket (R Ashwin) in the innings compared to just 37 balls by his partners for the last three wickets.
Until then England had seemed in control with Tykes pair Root and Jonny Bairstow fittingly marking Yorkshire Day by putting on 104 for the fourth wicket.
Kohli's animated celebration of Root's run out was a response to the England skipper's "mic drop" gesture during the ODI series, when he had dropped his bat dramatically to celebrate his hundred.
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Curran was given a lucky let-off when he was dropped by the diving wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik off Shami's penultimate ball of the day. English cricket team finished the day one with 285 for the loss of nine wickets. From a position of security, however, the India unraveled in a hurry with Curran, in his just his second Test match, taking three wickets in one spell. Before Kohli's knock, Sachin Tendulkar's 122 in 1996 was the only century for India at the venue.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special: "Alastair Cook will be gutted to get out, but the man whose head will be down in England's dressing room is Dawid Malan". Stokes pitching the ball short, outside off-stump but inexplicably Rahane (15) was not able to get his bat out of the way and the ball flew to Keaton Jennings at third slip. Even over the last 12 to 18 months, I have spent a lot of time back home playing club cricket and I've been working on simplifying my action a bit, (to) make sure that I get more body into the ball and try and create something in the air.
It could have been worse - Hardik Pandya (22), on 0, escaped a loud lbw shout with DRS coming to his rescue.
England definitely won that session, but will they end up ruing those two drop off Kohli? In fact, his total beat the combined scores in his 10 previous innings in England from India's five-test tour in 2014.