Virat Kohli aimes to move past Ricky Ponting in another illustrious feat in Ranchi Test vs South Africa
When Virat Kohli's name crops up, it often does for his majestic knocks that lead to him breaking several records of the yesteryear greats. Ahead of the Ranchi Test versus South Africa, from October 19 (Saturday), the Indian skipper is on the verge of moving past former Australian captain Ricky Ponting in an elite list if he bags another triple-figure score in his kitty. If Kohli gets to his 27th Test ton in Jharkhand's capital city, he will move ahead of Ponting to become the sole owner of the second spot in the list of most centuries by a captain in the purest format.
Currently, the record is held by former South African skipper Graeme Smith. The left-hander had a total of 25 centuries as captain, whereas Ponting and Kohli are tied at 19. Steve Smith and Allan Border hold the third spot with 15 tons each, followed by Sir Don Bradman (14).
With the series already in India's kitty, Kohli is expected to go all-out versus a hapless Proteas side, both as captain and batsman. After missing out in the series opener in Visakhapatnam, the right-hander came to his very own with a career-best 254* in Pune. By virtue of his mammoth knock, he moved past the run-tally of Smith, Don Bradman, Joe Root and Sanath Jayasuriya.
In addition, Kohli now has the most number of double tons as an Indian batsman, moving past Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag's tally (6). He had plenty to cherish in his 50th Test as captain both in terms of individual records and team performance. Batting first, India posted a mammoth 601 for 5 declared. In reply, Proteas were bundled out for a paltry 275 and, thus, asked to follow-on.
The visitors' miseries continued as they folded for 189 all-out to concede the match, and series, by an innings and 137 runs. With an aim to bolster their lead at the top in the ICC Test Championship points table, India will not like to take their "feet off the gas" against Faf du Plessis and Co. in Ranchi from Saturday.