Continuing his sensational record-equalling as well as record shattering records as captain, Virat Kohli added yet another feather to his already illustrious cap as he achieved yet another feat after he crossed the 50-run mark on the second day of the ongoing Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur.
The knock was Kohli’s 19th 50-plus score this year and it made him the joint record-holder of Indian skipper with most 50-plus scores in a calendar year. Former batting stalwart Rahul Dravid had previously scored 19 50-plus scores in a calendar year.
Dravid had created the record in 2006. Second in this list is Sourav Ganguly who had amassed 17 fifty-plus scores in 2002.
With one more Test still left in the ongoing series, Kohli will be backing himself to go past Dravid and create yet another record as captain.
Second Indian to score 50 international centuries:
Kohli had achieved a milestone in the last Test at the Eden Gardens too as his sublime 104-run knock made him only the second Indian batsman after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar to score 50 international tons.
Kohli is now eighth in the list of most number of international centuries. He is now the sixth in the list of Indians with the most number of Test centuries. Only Mohammed Azharuddin (22), Virender Sehwag (23), Sunil Gavaskar (34), Rahul Dravid (36) and Sachin Tendulkar (51) are ahead of him.
He also equalled Hashim Amla’s record of hitting the fastest 50 international centuries, reaching the landmark in his 348th innings.
The knock also made him the only current batsman to average over 50 in all three formats of cricket. The number one batsman in ODIs and T20Is, Kohli averages 55.74 in the 50-over format, 52.86 in the shortest format of the game and took his average in the longest format of the game to 50.12 after the 104-run knock.