‘King’ Virat Kohli Joins Ricky Ponting In A Unique List With Kolkata Century

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Virat Kohli. Credit: BCCI

Team India skipper Virat Kohli’s possesses an impeccable conversion rate. He once again converted the start into a big hundred as India look to take a massive first-innings lead in the historic day-night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Kohli brought his 27th Test century, and in the process, joined former Australian skipper in a unique list.

The talismanic run-scorer came into the middle when India were struggling at 43 for two with both the openers back in the hut. Virat Kohli steered India out of danger with a dominating knock alongside Cheteshwar Pujara as they looked in complete control of things. Kohli played those gorgeous cover drives with enthralled everyone in attendance including the Bangladesh players who could do nothing but applaud.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Credit: BCCI

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Virat Kohli achieves another milestone

Kohli reached his half-century soon after Pujara on day one and in the process became the first Indian skipper to achieve so. India went back on day one placed comfortably in the match with a lead of 72 runs. Virat Kohli returned on day two with the same intensity and the first session totally belonged to the India skipper as he made the bat do the talking.

He was in his elements from the start and kept the same tempo right through. He brought up his 27th Test hundred and added vital partnerships with Rahane and Jadeja and he looks hungry for more. Bangladesh already look tired and they have more leather hunt coming their way as India don’t seem to be in any sort of rush. Meanwhile, with the century, Virat Kohli joined former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting in the list of most international centuries by skippers.

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Kohli and Ponting sit on the top with 41 each while Graeme Smith (33) and Steve Smith (20) follow. Virat Kohli will hope to keep up this staggering form and bring another double century in Test cricket.

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