ENG v IND 2018: Virat Kohli joins elite list of Indian greats after hitting 23rd Test ton at Trent Bridge

Virat Kohli scored his 23rd Test century at Trent Bridge.

Virat Kohli celebrating his 23rd Test ton in England on Monday | Getty Images

Indian captain Virat Kohli has continued with his sublime form with the bat in the ongoing five-match Test series in England. The dashing right-hander has etched his name into the record books on Monday (20 August) when he smashed his 23rd Test ton at Trent Bridge. as the Delhi lad equals Sunil Gavaskar for most Test centuries as Indian Captain. He also becomes the second Indian captain after Mohammad Azharuddin to go past the 400-run mark in a Test series in England.

The 29-year-old also becomes only the sixth Indian batsman after Gavaskar, Azahruddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Murali Vijay to aggregate over 400 runs in a Test series in England.  

Kohli's knock has brought India to a position of dominance after the third day's play with England requiring another 498 runs from the last two days of the Test match.

His record-breaking knock (103) came off 197 balls laced with 10 boundaries, as well as, shared 113 runs for the third wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara to play a key role in team’s mammoth lead in Nottingham.

Meanwhile, Gavaskar had scored 542 runs in 1979 in a Test series. Mohammad Azharuddin had amassed 426 runs from three Tests in 1990, while Dravid amassed 602 runs from four Tests, as well as, had another impressive series in 2011, scoring 461 runs including three hundreds. Tendulkar also scored over 400 runs twice in a series in England, as he was the highest scorer with 428 runs in 1996.

Noteworthy, England has all wickets in their hands but they have a tricky task to chase the total as Indian bowlers would certainly like to replicate their first innings’ show with the ball to register their first win in the ongoing five-match Test series at Trent Bridge.


By Rashmi Nanda - 21 Aug, 2018

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