SA Vs IND, 2018: Virat Kohli surpasses Sachin Tendulkar to become fourth fastest to 21 Test Tons
Following the occasional blip from Team India skipper Virat Kohli in the Test series opener of the Cape Town Test against hosts South Africa in which he managed to scored five in the first and 28 in the second before registering yet another hundred which has subsequently become a norm for such a hardworking batsman.
Owing to the selection quandary while going down 0-1 in the series, Kohli capitalized on his innings in the second Test where a surface was far different what unfolded at the Newlands earlier this month when India lost the Test by 72 runs.
However, the dynamic leader has stepped to the gas and delivered to his team as he did in the home conditions.
The 29-year-old Kohli started off the innings with an overnight score of 85 which further saw him registering 21st Test hundred while featuring in his 109th innings of his 65th Test.
Improving game after another Kohli has been the burgeoning example of success for the gentleman’s game and India in particular.
Playing with the pure intent Kohli went on to score 153 off 217 balls which further saw him playing some delightful strokes while piercing the gaps.
When India was struggling at 164 for five, Kohli alongside Hardik Pandya and then Ravichandran Ashwin knitted crucial partnership to bring India closer to the deficit of 28.
After reaching his yet another, Kohli was applauded for his spectacular batting show.
While banking on his strength, Kohli’s aggression has further been a great asset for the unit, as the talismanic batsman has subsequently broken a slew of records which further saw him going past legendary Sachin Tendulkar on day three of the Centurion Test after becoming fastest fourth to reach 21 Test hundreds in 109 innings.
However, the Master Blaster has achieved the feat in 110th innings which was the Mumbaikar being pushed down to the fifth spot.
On the other side, Kohli has also become the second captain on the African soil to smash two centuries while equalling the record of Tendulkar.
The number one position is maintained by Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman, who achieved the milestone in 56 innings, as concurrent Australian skipper Steven Smith is placed at the third spot and batting hero Sunil Gavaskar (98) is listed second in overall numbers.
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Tahir Ibn Manzoor