Virat Kohli may not have been up to form in the first innings in the first Test against Sri Lanka, but he was back on top in the second innings. The Indian team’s captain smashed an amazing century in the second innings, taking Kohli to his 17th Test hundred in his cricket career.
10th Test Century as India’s Skipper
Kohli’s 17th Test century is his 10th as the captain of the India national cricket team. It was also the second time that he had played a Test century in a game against Sri Lanka. The only other Indian team captain to have beaten Kohli’s record of 10 Test centuries is Sunil Gavaskar, who achieved 11 Test centuries when he was the skipper of the team.
At 17 Test centuries, Kohli has also equaled the records of two other former Indian cricket team captains, Dilip Vengsarkar, and VVS Laxman, although he reached this important milestone more quickly than either of the past skippers.
Another notable achievement is that Kohli reached 1,000 overseas Test runs in 17 innings. The previous record was held by Sachin Tendulkar, who reached 1,000 overseas Test runs in 19 innings.
India, with the help of Kohli’s century, set up a run target of 550 for the Sri Lankan team on the fourth morning of the first Test in the current series. Kohli’s 103 runs included one six and five fours. It was not long after the skipper’s century that India declared their second innings at 240/3, resulting in the run target of 550.
India Beat Sri Lanka in First Test of Series
India has beaten Sri Lanka in the first Test of their tour of Sri Lanka. In the first innings, India ended on 600/10 and Sri Lanka ended on 291/9. The second innings, in which India declared at 240/3, Sri Lanka reached 245/8. India won the match by 304 runs.
Not only was Kohli back in action, but the Indian cricket team has made its biggest overseas win as far as runs go. The team’s previous record was a 279 run win in 1986 when playing against England at Leeds.