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Day When Virat Kohli Made His Debut In Test Cricket
By CricShots - Jun 20, 2020 6:26 pm
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June 20, 2011, was the day when the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli made his debut in the longest format of the game. He made his debut against West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica. The right-handed batsman failed to do much with the bat in his first Test as he just managed to score 19 runs in the entire match. In the first innings, he just managed to register a score of four runs.

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Virat Kohli during 2011-12 tour to Australia

Virat came into bat at number five position and was sent back to the pavilion by Fidel Edwards. In the second innings, Kohli scored 15 runs from 54 balls and was eventually dismissed by the same bowler. India eventually went on to win the match by 63 runs.

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Since the day of his Test debut, Kohli has left a huge mark on the game. He has so far played 86 Tests, managing to score 7,240 runs with 27 centuries at an average of 53.62. Kohli played a knock of 254 against South Africa at Pune in 2019 and this remains his highest Test score to date. 

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Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli

The comparisons between Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar have also kept on growing and many have picked the current Indian skipper to break the records set by Tendulkar. Tendulkar had decided to call it quits on his illustrious international career after registering 100 international centuries, while Kohli currently has 70 centuries across all formats.

Currently, Virat is currently standing at the no.1 position in the ICC ODI rankings while he is in the second place in Tests rankings.

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Kohli got the Test captaincy when MS DHoni decided to hang his boots in the longest format in 2014 and then he received the captaincy in all the formats in 2017 after Dhoni decided to give up the captaincy in ODIs and T20Is as well.