Virat Kohli Does It Again, Smashes 26th Test Ton & Shatters Plethora Of Batting Records
For someone who initially struggled to cement his place in the star-studded Indian team, Virat Kohli has undeniably come a long way to becoming one of the most consistent and popular cricketers on the planet. Thriving on exemplary batting performances and a rediscovered fitness regime, Kohli has gone on to become the face of Indian cricket.
Taking over the reins from MS Dhoni as Indian captain, Kohli has not only proved to be an astute leader, but also seems to have taken his batting to a whole new level. The 30-year-old has been busy ruling the batting charts, smashing one record after another, making other capable batsmen look mediocre.
Carrying on his fine form, Kohli, on 11th October, added yet another feather to his already illustrious cap as he became the first Indian to score 40 international hundreds (21 in ODIs and 19 in Tests) as skipper. Kohli is now just a ton away from equaling the record of most hundreds scored by a captain which is currently held by Ricky Ponting who has 41 tons as Australian skipper to his name.
#KingKohli ✌💪 pic.twitter.com/x5A2wNZwcM— BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2019
Kohli achieved the milestone on the second day of the ongoing 2nd Test between India and South Africa at the Mumbai Cricket Association stadium in Pune. The right-hander brought up his 26th Test ton in the 109th over of India's first innings after hitting Vernon Philander for a boundary. In the process, he also surpassed Inzamam-ul-Haq's tally of 25 Test hundreds. While Inzy took 120 Tests to get there, Kohli needed just 81 games to reach the milestone.
With 26 Test hundreds (12 at home and 14 overseas) to his name, Kohli has now joined the likes of West Indies legend Gary Sobers and Australia's Steve Smith on the list of most centuries scored in the longest version of the game. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar continues to lead the elite list of most Test hundreds with 51 tons to his name. In the 200 Tests he played, the 'Little Master' scored a staggering 15,921 runs at an average of 53.78.
Run machine @imVkohli congratulations on your 26th test 100 🏏 pic.twitter.com/jeUJhPlfxb— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 11, 2019
His brilliant knock against the Proteas also saw him going past former cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar in the run-scoring chart. Vengsarkar had scored 6,868 runs in the longest format for India. Kohli is now seventh in the list of highest run-getters for India in Test cricket.
The Indian run-machine might have taken nine innings to register his first Test hundred this year, but he still has the best fifties-to-hundreds conversion rate (54.2) which is only inferior to Sir Don Bradman and George Headley.
One away from the whole set for Kohli pic.twitter.com/l7ZvhgZPVF— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 11, 2019
And, when Kohli's much-awaited hundred eventually came on Friday, it broke numerous records and allowed the modern-day batting genius to equal and surpass some of the biggest names in cricket history.