Virat Kohli Breaks Ricky Ponting’s Record To Achieve Incredible Milestone
Virat Kohli-led India further asserted their dominance in Test cricket with a clinical performance on day one of the ongoing day-night Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens. At the end of the day, India were firmly in the driver’s seat of the game. India bowled out Bangladesh for just 106 before finishing the day on 174 for 3.
Bangladesh won the toss and once again took the bold decision of batting first. But just like the first Test, the decision once again backfired as India’s in-form pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav ran riot with the ball. The pacers never really allowed the Bangladesh players to settle down.
Ishant Sharma led the show by picking up five wickets while Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets. Shami, on the other hand, picked up two wickets in addition to injuring Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan. Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals and none of their batsmen really looked like providing any sort of assistance.
India then further tightened their grips on the game with a fine batting show. Openers Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma departed cheaply before Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara joined hands. The two added 94 runs for the third wicket before Ebadot Hossain dismissed Pujara for 55. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane then saw off the remaining overs.
Another record for Virat Kohli:
Virat Kohli, meanwhile, added yet another feather to his already illustrious cap. The India skipper became the quickest captain in history of Test cricket to score 5,000 runs in the longest format of the game. In the process, he also became the first Indian captain to do so. Kohli broke the record held by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 22, 2019
Ponting had scored 5,000 Test runs as captain in 97 innings while Kohli achieved the feat in just 86 innings. Kohli started the day on 4,968 runs and remained unbeaten on 59.
Here is a list showing quickest to 5,000 Test runs as captain: