Former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli made a small contribution to India’s six-wicket victory in the second Test against Australia in Delhi. However, on the individual front, despite registering scores of just 44 and 20, he batted exceptionally well against Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, and Matthew Kuhnemann in the first innings of the Delhi Test. The likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Dinesh Karthik, and Gautam Gambhir were impressed by Kohli’s assured knocks and felt the latter isn’t far away from scoring a Test century.
Virat Kohli, nonetheless, surpassed a huge milestone during the Delhi Test, as he became the fastest to reach 25000 international runs. The prolific right-hander who got there in 549 innings, surpassed Sachin Tendulkar, who had achieved the milestone in 577 innings. The list includes Ricky Ponting (588 innings), Jacques Kallis (594 innings), Kumar Sangakkara (608 innings), and Mahela Jayawardene (701 innings).
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Reacting to Kohli’s staggering record in international cricket, former India opener, Gautam Gambhir said the USP of Kohli is that he has managed to be equally successful in all conditions.
Talking about the same during a chat on Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir said, “I don’t know about the list but the best part of Virat Kohli is that he has performed the same in India and in Australia, in South Africa. There will be an Australia or a South African in the list but you have to compare their numbers in the subcontinent as well. “
He further explained, “Kohli is a master of the 50-overs format but in Test cricket too he has scored 27 hundreds, and 28 fifties. He has centuries in England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies. What more can you achieve? Scoring 25 thousand runs is no joke. He has seen a lot of ups and downs but has remained consistent.”
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Gautam Gambhir concluded by saying, “Your game goes through a lot of changes. Your stance changes, your technique changes, your strengths and weaknesses change, your mode of dismissals become different, your emotions change and if you can factor in all of that, control all these things and score these many runs then you are a great.”