Pune Test: Virat Kohli goes past Inzamam-ul-Haq, joins Steve Smith with 26th hundred
- Virat Kohli hit his 26th Test hundred in his 50th Test as captain
- Kohli is now tied with Steve Smith on list of batsmen with most Test hundreds
- Kohli also went past Dilip Vengsarkar on list of India batsmen with most Test runs
India captain Virat Kohli ended his 10-month-long drought for a Test hundred when he got to the 3-figure score on Day 2 of the ongoing 2nd Test against South Africa at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Playing in his 50th Test match as captain, Virat Kohli also went past Inzamam-ul-Haq on the list of batsmen with most hundreds in Test cricket. Kohli is now tied at the 21st spot alongside Australia's Steve Smith who also has 26 Test hundreds.
Playing only his 5th Test match in 2019, Virat Kohli got the hundred and put India in a commanding position in the 2nd Test in Pune. Notably, Kohli's last hundred before Friday came on December 14, 2018 in the Perth Test against Australia.
Virat Kohli got to his hundred in 173 balls and had hit 16 boundaries in a well-paced innings at the MCA Stadium.
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En route to his 26th Test hundred, Kohli also went past Dipil Vengsarkar (6868) on the list of Indian batsmen with most runs in Test matches. Kohli is now 7th on the list and only behind Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly.
Notably, Kohli has gone without a hundred only his maiden year in Test cricket -- 2011. Kohli played 5 Tests without getting a hundred but managed to get to the 3-figure mark at least twice in the following years of his career.
Kohli had gone without a hundred in the West Indies series despite getting to a couple of fifty-plus scores. In the Visakhapatnam Test, Kohli was out for 20 in the first innings and was unbeaten on 33 as India declared their 2nd innings on 323 after Rohit Sharma's twin hundreds.
In Pune, the India captain looked in complete control from the moment he walked out to bat after the loss of Cheteshwar Pujara's wicket in the 2nd session on Day 1. Virat Kohli took his time before opening up and played some eye-catching strokes.
Kohli added 35 runs with centurion Mayank Agarwal before the opener was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada. There was pressure on the Indian batting unit when Ajinkya Rahane partnered Kohli but the two batsmen made sure India reached the stumps without further damage by getting to Stumps with an unbeaten 75-run stand.
Virat Kohli used all his experience to negate the South African pace threat on a testing morning session on Friday. Even when the ball took his blade's edge, Kohli made sure it didn't carry to the slip cordon by playing with soft hands.