IND Vs SA: Kohli set another 'Virat' record, leaving veterans Ponting and Gavaskar behind
News Track 11 October 2019 14:23
Team India captain Virat Kohli has scored another century in Test cricket. Virat Kohli achieved this feat on the second day of the second Test match of the series against South Africa being played in Pune on Friday. This is his 24th century in Test cricket. Team India started their game on the second day with 273 runs for three wickets. Kohli was unbeaten on 63 on the first day. On the second day, he completed his hundred with a four off Vernon Philander. Kohli studded his 26th Test century in the 138th innings of his 81st Test match.
Kohli has come second in the list of batsmen scoring 26 centuries in the lowest innings for India in Test cricket. For India, Sachin Tendulkar had this record in 136 innings, while Sunil Gavaskar had scored 26 Test centuries in 144 innings. If we talk about the record of scoring 26 Test centuries in the lowest innings, then Sir Don Bradman of Australia tops the list. Bradman did this in just 69 innings. Steve Smith of Australia has scored 26 centuries in 121 innings.
This is Virat Kohli's 19th Test century as captain. With this, Kohli has reached the equivalent of former Australian captain Ricky Ponting. Ponting scored 19 centuries in 77 Tests while Kohli achieved this feat only in the 50th Test. South Africa's Graeme Smith holds the record for most centuries as a captain in Test cricket. Smith had scored 25 centuries in 109 Test matches as captain.