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IND vs SA 2nd Test: Virat Kohli surpasses Sunil Gavaskar, equals Steve Smith with 26th Test ton in Pune

Kohli on Friday notched up his 26th Test century, his first in 10 innings after his triple-figure mark in Perth last December and subsequently broke a plethora of records.

Aratrick Mondal Aratrick Mondal
New Delhi Updated on: October 11, 2019 12:24 IST
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a
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Indian cricketer Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century during the second day of the second cricket test match between India and South Africa in Pune, India

Virat Kohli was made to wait for it, but the South Africans never managed to frustrate him. It was long, long wait for the Indian skipper, but he eventually reached the mark with an imperious straight drive past the non-striker. And with that, Kohli notched up his 26th Test century, his first in 10 innings after his triple-figure mark in Perth last December and subsequently broke a plethora of records.

26 While is stands fourth among Indians with his 26th Test ton, he is ranked 19th overall in the world as he equalled the record of Windies great Gary Sobers and former Australian skipper Steve Smith.

138 innings Kohli surpassed former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar to become the fourth-fastest batsman to score his 26th Test century. Don Bradman was the fastest ever to the mark having reached the milestone in his 69th innings, followed by Smith (121) and Sachin Tendulkar (136).

19 Kohli stands second in the list of most centuries as a skipper in Test cricket after Graeme Smith's 25 tons in 193 innings. With his 19th triple-figure score in the format on Friday, Kohli equalled the tally of Ponting (in 140 innings).

40 Kohli now has the second-most number of international centuries as a captain (185th innings) after Australia's Ricky Ponting's tally of 41 in 376 innings across formats. The third on the list is former South African skipper Graeme Smith (33 in 368 innings) followed by Steve Smith (20 in 118 innings).

4 Kohli also became the fourth Test captain after Steve Waugh, Stephen Fleming and Alastair Cook to score a century in their 50th game as skipper. 

7 En route to his 26th ton, Kohli overhauled former cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar to become the seventh-highest Indian run-getter in Test cricket. Sachin, with 15921 runs, leads the elite list followed by Rahul Dravid (13288), Gavaskar (10122), VVS Laxman (8781), Virender Sehwag (8568), and Sourav Ganguly (7212)

6 Kohli has now scored centuries in Test in both away and home matches against Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Among the Test nations he has played against, Kohli does not have a century in Bangladesh.

54.1 Kohli still has the second-highest conversion rate in Test cricket after Bradman's 69.0. The greatest ever had convertered 29 fifty-plus scores to a century of the total 42 times he had reached the half-century mark in his career. 

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