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.
|Players||Country||Matches||Innings played to score 5000|
|Hashim Amla||South Africa||63||109|
|Kane Williamson||New Zealand||61||110|
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:
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.
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.