Kohli Becomes Second Indian Captain to Score Test Century in SA
Virat Kohli became the second Indian captain to score a Test century in South Africa on Day 3 of the second Test in Centurion on Monday., 15 January. The Delhi batsman started the day on 85 and reached his century in the sixth over of the day.
The 29-year-old, who had been celebrating his recent centuries quietly, let his emotions out when he reached the three-figure mark in the Test match. Kohli jumped with joy and showed the world how much this hundred means to him.
Here’s a look at the records set by the Indian captain after this century.
Kohli Follows Sachin
Ahead of this Test, Sachin Tendulkar was the only Indian captain to score a century in South Africa. The former Mumbai batsman scored 169 runs off 254 balls in the Cape Town Test in 1997. Tendulkar and Mohammad Azharuddin strung a partnership of 222 runs in the first innings, while chasing South Africa’s total of 529/7d.
India scored 359 runs in the first innings and were bowled out for just 144 runs in the second innings, eventually losing the match by 282 runs.
In the Centurion Test, Kohli would certainly hope that his century will help India win the match.
First Visiting Captain to Score a Ton in Centurion
Virat Kohli became the first visiting captain to score a century in Centurion during the second Test. The Delhi batsman went past former India captain MS Dhoni’s highest score at the ground.
Dhoni scored 90 off 106 balls in the second innings of the Centurion Test in 2010. India were playing catch-up after getting bowled out for 136 runs in the first innings and conceding a total of 620/4d to South Africa.
Dhoni and Tendulkar strung a partnership of 172 runs to help India reach 459, but it wasn’t enough as India lost the match by an innings and 25 runs.
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