Virat Kohli Equals Ricky Ponting For Most Centuries As A Test Captain
It doesn’t matter what, whenever Virat Kohli scores a century, he makes sure to break at least one massive record listed in the cricket books. With the latest century at Pune, he equalled the all-time legendary batsman Ricky Ponting, who also scored the same number of centuries during his tenure as the skipper for Australia in the red-ball format.
Virat Kohli scored 19th century as a Test captain:
The stunning century in the ongoing second Test against South Africa at Maharashtra Cricket Association, Pune is the 19th century for Virat Kohli in Test cricket as the skipper of the team. The tally equalled Ricky Ponting’s number, who also registered 19 centuries as skipper in Test format.Ricky Ponting. Credit: Getty Images)
Earlier, the right-handed batsman went on to cross Vengsarkar to climb to the 7th position in the list of players with most runs for India in the longest format. Kohli achieved the feat when he reached 78* during the course of his innings.
Kohli brought up his ton in the 109th over of the Indian innings. The right-handed batsman now has 26 centuries in just 81 matches. Virat Kohli is now at the 53rd position in the all-time list of leading run-scorers in Test cricket.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2019
Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane carried on from where they had left on Day 1 and went on to go past the 100-run partnership. It was the 10th hundred-run stand between the two, and their 2nd against South Africa in Test cricket. They broke the record of Dravid and Ganguly, who registered 96 runs for the fourth wicket against Proteas.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli also leapfrogged Sunil Gavaskar to become the fourth quickest player to reach 26 Test tons in terms of innings played. While Kohli had taken 138 innings, Gavaskar had achieved the same feat in 144 innings. Only Don Bradman (69), Steve Smith (121) and Sachin Tendulkar (136) are higher than Kohli in the list.
At the time of Lunch break, Virat Kohli walked back unbeaten on 104 while Ajinkya Rahane scored 58 runs to his name. In total, India scored 356/3 at the time of lunch break on Day 2.