Virat Kohli to reach Sachin Tendulkar's humongous record!! But here's why he won't be able to break the Most Test Runs record

Updated - 22 Jan 2024, 04:43 PM

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Virat Kohli Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credits: Twitter

India and England will face each other in a five-match Test series getting underway on January 25 with the first Test to be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

Virat Kohli has a huge opportunity to create another record for India during the Test series against England. India has not lost a Test series at home since the 2-1 defeat against England in 2012. They have won 16 consecutive series after the loss against England in 2012.

The main focus will be on India’s batting maestro Virat Kohli who could get into an elite list by breaking a huge record during the five-match Test series against England.

Virat Kohli only needs 152 runs to become the fourth Indian batter to score 9000 Test runs in his career. Kohli is currently the fourth-highest run-getter for India in Test cricket.

Legendary Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer for India in Test cricket with 15921 runs in the format. He is followed by the current Head coach of Team India Rahul Dravid who has amassed 13288 runs. Sunil Gavaskar comes third in the list for India with 10122 runs in the format and then comes Virat Kohli with 8848 runs in the longest format for India.

After a long-running lean patch of three years between 2019 and 2o22, Virat Kohli is back to his prime form and he is ready to break more records this time with the bat.

He was the leading run-scorer in the ODI World Cup 2023 where he amassed 765 runs in 11 innings and also broke his idol Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most ODI centuries, scoring his 50th ton in the semi-finals against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Virat Kohli Will Be Eyeing For Sachin Tendulkar’s 100 International Centuries Now

In the recently concluded Test series vs South Africa, Virat Kohli showed his class in the challenging conditions and ended up being India’s leading run-scorer with 172 runs in four innings at an average of 43.

Virat Kohli is now aiming to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries but he needs 20 more tons to equal the record. He is currently 35 years old and according to his fitness, he can play 3-4 years of international cricket.

However, it is highly unlikely for Virat Kohli to play ODIs anymore and even though he is back in the shortest format for India, it is mainly for the T20 World Cup.

Thus, if Virat Kohli wants to close in on Tendulkar in terms of 100 centuries, he will have to score most of the remaining 20 centuries in the 38 Tests that India plays in the next four-year cycle.

Virat Kohli has 80 international centuries with most of them coming in ODI cricket. However, his prowess in Test cricket can’t be denied and it is just a matter of time before he starts thrashing the red ball.

He has 29 centuries to his name in Test cricket and the batting maestro would like to add to that tally in the upcoming Test series against England. The first Test is set to commence on January 25 in Hyderabad whereas the other four Tests will be played in Vishakhapatnam, Rajkot, Ranchi, and Dharamsala respectively.

Although Virat Kohli has broken or equaled multiple records of Sachin Tendulkar during his international career, the record for the most Test runs will in all likeliness stay with the God of Cricket. The volume of Test Cricket has reduced drastically over the years and Virat currently sits at 8848 Test runs. Sachin, in his international career, scored 15921 runs in Test Cricket. Considering, Virat Kohli plays Test Cricket for another 5 years, it will still be very difficult for the modern maestro to catch hold of the little master.

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