Virat Kohli’s 100th Test: Another milestone for maverick batter who gave longer format the respect it deserves
Virat Kohli’s 100th Test: Virat Kohli will achieve the milestone to play 100 Test matches when India takes on Sri Lanka in the first test of the two-match series.
Kohli was supposed to play his 100th Test during the South Africa series earlier this year, but fate has it that he will do so in India, with a half-capacity crowd at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Kohli stepped down as Test captain earlier this year, but not before leaving an indelible mark as a captain in the game’s longest format.
The 33-year-old, who is in charge of developing a generation of fast bowlers capable of taking 20 wickets in any situation, will now be expecting to have a successful run with the bat in all three formats of the game.
Kohli holds the record for the most Test appearances as India’s captain (68), as well as the most Test victories by an Indian captain (40). In Test cricket, only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh have won more matches as captain than Kohli.
Kohli took charge of the team for the first time in a Test match against Australia in 2014. In his final match as captain, India lost by seven wickets in the Cape Town Test in South Africa.
It was never going to be easy to fill MS Dhoni‘s shoes. But Kohli immediately established himself as one of the best thinkers the country has ever seen in Test cricket.
Kohli also flourished under Kohli’s leadership, scoring seven double-centuries in the game’s longest format. Kohli also holds the record for most Test hundreds (20) while captaining India. India was the number one Test team in the ICC Rankings for 42 months. From October 2016 to early March 2020, under Kohli’s leadership.
As India’s captain, Kohli has the most Test victories at home. Kohli’s 24th Test win at home came against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium last year.
The right-handed hitter debuted in the longest format against the West Indies in 2011. And he has come a long way since then. The hitter knows how to score large and shut out the extraneous noise to perform better after 27 Test centuries in the longest format.
He last hit a century in international cricket against Bangladesh in 2019. And the entire nation has been waiting for him to score his 71st century since then.
One can only hope that he reaches the century mark in his 100th Test. Because if he does, it will signify that the stars have truly aligned for a once-in-a-generation batsman.