Virat Kohli set to beat Hashim Amla, David Warner, Alastair Cook in the race to 5,000 Test runs

Once Virat comes to bat at his home ground and scores 25 runs, he will become the 11th Indian batsman to score 5000 runs in Test cricket

Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s is considered as the modern-era great. After getting out for a duck in the first innings in the Kolkata Test, his comeback, that is a century in the next inning followed by a double hundred, was simply applaud-worthy. He equalled the record of West Indies batting legend Brian Lara of most number of double hundreds as a captain. And once he comes to bat at his home ground in the next game, he would set yet another batting record.

Kohli is 25 runs away from entering the club of Indian batsmen scoring 5000 and more runs. If he scores that many runs in his next (105th) inning, he could beat David Warner, Alastair Cook, Hashim Amla and Kane Willaimson in terms of quickest batsman to get 5000 runs.

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Players Country Matches Innings played to score 5000
David Warner Australia 59 109
Hashim Amla South Africa 63 109
Kane Williamson New Zealand 61 110
Alastair Cook England 65 115


Also, he will the 11th batsman to reach this feat. Here is the list of batsmen who scored 5000 and more runs in their career while representing India:

Player Matches Runs
Sachin Tendulkar 200 15,921
Rahul Dravid 163 13,288
Sunil Gavaskar 125 10,122
VVS Laxman 134 8,781
Virender Sehwag 103 8,586
Sourav Ganguly 113 7,212
Dilip Vengsarkar 116 6,868
M Azharuddin 99 6,215
G Viswanath 91 6,080
Kapil Dev 131 5,248


The list which carries all the legendary names, Virat is going to be the only active player. In the Nagpur Test, he also surpassed Don Bradman in terms of the conversion rate of the 50s into 100s as a captain and is going ahead to get more.

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The Delhi Test will be the last match for Virat in the series against Sri Lanka. The BCCI has decided to given Kohli rest for the limited over series (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is). In his absence, Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been given the responsibility. Indian cricket board’s move came after Virat blamed the lack of proper planning of bilateral series which is not allowing the players to get enough rest.