After facing heavy criticism and suggestions that he should drop himself, India captain Virat Kohli redeemed his reputation in the 2nd Test against South Africa. Chasing South Africa’s total, Kohli scored 153 to take India to a respectable 207. Had Kohli not been as explosive, India would have had increased their chances to lose the Centurion Test as well.
In the process of scoring yet another monstrous knock, Virat Kohli broke and set not one but numerous new and illustrious records. Let’s have a look at 5 records that the Indian captain broke with his 153 in the Centurion Test.
1. Most 150 plus scores by captain in Tests
Virat Kohli has smashed the roof with this record. He has levelled Don Bradman’s record of scoring eight 150+ scores in Tests as a captain. Kohli also surpassed Michael Clarke, Mahela Jayawardene, Brian Lara and Graeme Smith’s record of scoring 150+ seven times in Tests as captain.
2. Second Indian captain to score multiple centuries in South Africa in Tests
Virat Kohli joined Sachin Tendulkar in achieving yet another illustrious feat. Scoring the 153, Kohli became the second Indian captain after Sachin Tendulkar, to score more than one century in Tests in South Africa.
The Protea territory is renowned to have such aliena and difficult conditions, that Indian batsmen have found it hard to deliver runs historically. Except Sachin Tendulkar and now Virat Kohli. Tendulkar had scored seven centuries in Tests in South Africa.
3. Indian captain with most overseas international centuries
Virat Kohli has been explosive with his bat throughout the past season, piling up tons of runs in conditions where other batsmen try to play it safe. Now Kohli has become the Indian captain with the highest number of overseas centuries scored in international cricket. With 13 magnificent centuries, Virat Kohli is reigning the sacred list of all Indian captains.
He is followed by Sourav Ganguly (12 centuries), Mohammed Azharuddin (8 centuries,) and Sachin Tendulkar (7 centuries).
4. Highest score by a visiting captain at Centurion in Tests
Virat Kohli’s 153 off 217 balls has now become the highest score in Centurion by a visiting captain. Previously, the highest score in Centurion by a visiting captain belonged to none other than MS Dhoni, who’s knock of 90 runs was unparalleled back in 2010.
Kohli, however, seems to have no boundaries. And his 153-run knock isn’t going to be overtaken anytime soon, that is for sure.
5. Fastest Batsman to hit 53 International Centuries
The aggressive India skipper Virat Kohli has also become the fastest batsman to slam 53 international centuries after registering his 21st Test hundred against South Africa on Monday (15 January) in Centurion.
The 29-year-old ‘Delhi boy’ achieved the illustrious feat in his 354th international innings. In the process, he overtook South Africa’s Hashim Amla’s record of scoring that many centuries in 380 innings.