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4th Test: Virat Kohli begins new year with a bang as he breaks another Sachin Tendulkar record

The Indian skipper is now the quickest batsman to score 19,000 international runs, surpassing a record which was held by Sachin Tendulkar.

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New Delhi Published on: January 03, 2019 12:19 IST
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Kohli surpasses Tendulkar to claim a new record

Team India captain Virat Kohli has begun 2019 on a bright note as he breaks another Sachin Tendulkar record as he is now the quickest batsman to score 19,000 international runs. He achieved the milestone in his 399th innings during Day 1 of the 4th Test against Australia in Sydney. 

It took Tendulkar 432 innings to reach the milestone, whereas for the Indian skipper, it took him 399. He was also the fastest to 18,000 international runs, achieving the feat in his 382 innings in September last year. 

India are also on the cusp of creating history as they have never won a Test series on Australian soil and by starting the series decider in Sydney with a great start through Cheteshwar Pujara's century, India have a real chance to script a new chapter in Test cricket. 

Earlier, India won the toss and opted to bat at the SCG. The visitors made two changes to their team as they brought on KL Rahul as Rohit Sharma's replacement and brought in chinaman Kuldeep Yadav as an extra spinner. 

Post lunch, Agarwal and Pujara continued their second-wicket partnership to 116 runs. The duo put on an attacking show after the break, with their 100-run stand coming off 178 balls.

Agarwal looked good for a hundred, but threw it away when he holed out in the deep off Lyon in the 34th over and walked back shaking his head at an unnecessary shot.

Kohli then walked out to boos for the fourth Test running, but got going immediately with an immaculate cover drive. Australia resorted to more conservative bowling and kept his scoring rate in check. Kohli was dismissed after Tea for 23. 

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