New Delhi: Indian captain Virat Kohli returned to international cricket with a blast by hitting his 24th Test century, becoming the second quickest batsman to hit 24 Test centuries, behind only Australian great Donald Bradman.
The elegant right-handed batsman reached the magic three-figure mark the second day of the opening test between India and Windies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Friday. After Prithvi Shaw’s century on Thursday, Kohli’s ton only piled up more misery on the West Indies team. Kohli and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant were the two overnight batsmen for India and both of them looked completely at ease on Day 2.
Kohli, who was unbeaten on 72 at stumps on Day 1, also became the joint-quickest to reach 3,000 Test runs in India, sharing the top spot with Cheteshwar Pujara, who was dismissed for 86 on Day 1.
The 100-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Kohli and Pant also helped India cross the 400-run mark without much fuss.
Pant fell eight runs short of his second Test century, trying to go for a big hit off the bowling off Devendra Bishoo but managed to get only a leading edge.
After skipping the Asia Cup 2018 in UAE, surpassed Australia’s Steve Smith to go second in the list of centurions among active players, behind South Africa’s Hashim Amla on 28. Kohli reached his 24th century in his 123rd innings, breaking the record of Sachin Tendulkar, who completed 24 test centuries in 125 test innings. Australia’s Bradman took just 66 knocks to achieve the same feat.
This is how twitter reacted to Kohli’s century:
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 5, 2018
King Kohli, equalled Don Bradman in fastest to reach 24 test hundreds #IndvWI
— Phaneendra (@bphaneendra) October 5, 2018
— Qais (@QaisKhan24) October 5, 2018
Yet another Hundred for #KINGKOHLI 👑 2nd fastest to 24 test hundreds.. He just want to be in Top 3 in every Record list 😎😎😎🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👑
— Rahi Dalal (@DalalRahi) October 5, 2018
— Nilesh Patel (@nillll) October 5, 2018
— dhiresh dixit (@dhiresh_dixit) October 5, 2018
— Shahid Dar (@wizshahid) October 5, 2018