India vs. West Indies, 2nd Test: Virat Kohli’s Spectacular Century Puts India in Command on Day 2
Virat Kohli resumed his innings on 121 on Day 2 .
In the series against the West Indies, India’s run machine Virat Kohli celebrated playing in 500 international games with yet another spectacular performance. He displayed his talent by hitting a stunning century on Friday during the second day of the second Test in Port of Spain.
In just 180 balls, Kohli completed his 29th Test century, capping off an amazing show of skills and technique. He boosted his reputation as one of the best batsmen of the current age with a stunning four off Shannon Gabriel. Additionally, the century was his first abroad Test hundred since December 2018, ending his lack of overseas centuries.
With the achievement of this goal, Kohli now shares the record for most century in Test cricket with the illustrious Sir Don Bradman. Bradman and Kohli both have 29 hundreds to their names, with Bradman accomplishing this incredible accomplishment in just 52 Tests while Kohli did so in his 111th Test.
It was clear that Kohli was overjoyed as he acknowledged the cheers from his colleagues by raising his bat as he smiled widely, hugged his partner Jadeja, and celebrated the accomplishment. Standing ovations from the audience highlighted how outstanding his accomplishment was. He took a bow and tenderly kissed his wedding neck chain to express how important the occasion was to him personally.
Kohli’s superb performance in this game complements his skillfully produced 76 runs made in the first Test at Roseau, thus enhancing his extraordinary form in the current Test series. Cricket fans all across the world are continually in awe of his continuous prowess. With this century, Kohli has now gone over the century mark in two Tests in his previous five innings, signaling a resurgence in his play. It follows the breaking of a notable run of 41 innings between November 2019 and March 2023 without reaching the century milestone. Recent performances by Kohli reflect a resurgence of his fearsome batting talent and demonstrate his capacity to compete at the greatest level possible.In addition to improving his own records, Kohli’s century played a crucial role in India’s first innings total. Kohli made a huge contribution, working with the gifted all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, to help India exceed the 300-run threshold. Their collaboration was essential in helping the team establish a dominant position during the Test match.
In addition to his century on Thursday, Kohli also accomplished another outstanding milestone in Test cricket. He eclipsed the illustrious Virender Sehwag’s total of 8,586 runs, moving him up to fifth place among Indian Test cricketers in terms of runs scored.
The legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who collected a phenomenal 15,921 runs in 200 Test matches with an amazing average of 53.78, is at the top of the list of Indian batsmen with the most Test runs. With 13,288 runs in 164 Tests, Rahul Dravid is in second place, and Sunil Gavaskar is third with 10,122 runs in 125 games. With 8,781 runs in 134 games, VVS Laxman takes fourth place. With his most recent accomplishment, Kohli has now solidified his place among the greatest Test cricket players in Indian history.
In joining a tiny company of cricketing heroes, Kohli achieved a stunning milestone on Thursday by becoming just the fourth Indian player to win 500 international matches.
The legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who has an astounding total of 664 international appearances, is at the top of this select list. He is followed in the pantheon of Indian cricket legends by former captain MS Dhoni, who played 538 times for his nation, and current coach Rahul Dravid, who has 509 international appearances to his credit.
Mahela Jayawardene (652), Kumar Sangakkara (594), Sanath Jayasuriya (586), Ricky Ponting (560), Shahid Afridi (524), and Jacques Kallis (519) are among the other legendary cricketers on this elite list. The fact that Kohli is among such illustrious company confirms his place among the sport’s living heroes.