Virat Kohli surpasses Don Bradman to achieve the major feat with another 150-plus score in Tests.
Virat Kohli became second-fastest Indian batsman to score 26 Test centuries Friday on the second day of the second Test against South Africa being played in Pune. Kohli took 138 innings to reach the mark, just two more than Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian skipper is the fourth-fastest in the world to 26 Test centuries.
Don Bradman holds the record reaching the milestone in 69 innings followed by Steve Smith who did it in 121 innings.
It was the 30-year-old Kohli’s 19th Test century as captain. He has now equaled Ricky Ponting’s tally of centuries as captain. He is only behind Graeme Smith, who scored 25 Test centuries as the captain of South Africa.
The right-handed batsman also has the second-best conversion rates (minimum 15 hundred). His conversion rate is 54.2 percent and is second only to Bradman, who had a conversion rate of 69 percent.
Kohli reached his century off 175 deliveries with a glorious straight drive off Vernon Philander’s bowling. He shared a record fourth-wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane. They surpassed Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly’s record of 145 runs for the fourth wicket in 1996-97.
While filing this story, India had reached a score of 356/3 at the lunch break.