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WTC Final: Virat Kohli Emulates Sunil Gavaskar As He Breaches 7,500-run Mark In Tests
By Aditya Pratap - Jun 19, 2021 9:07 pm
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Indian skipper Virat Kohli went past another milestone during the second day’s play of the ongoing World Test Championship Final against New Zealand. Kohli crossed the 7,500-run mark in Test cricket while batting in Southampton’s Ageas Bowl ground.

Virat Kohli

The game started on time today after the first day’s play got washed off. Kane Williamson won the toss and inserted India to bat first. Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubhman Gill gave their team a solid start and shared 62 runs for the opening wicket.

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Kohli arrived at the crease after two wickets fell in quick succession. He remained calm and composed when batting and, in the process, crossed the 7,500-run mark in Test cricket. He became the ninth quickest to reach the milestone while joint four-fastest Indian along with Sunil Gavaskar in 154 innings.

Sachin Tendulkar remains the all-time leader on this list, having achieved the feat in his 144th Test innings along with Virender Sehwag, who completed it in a similar number of innings. Rahul Dravid reached this landmark in 148 innings.

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Back in 2019, Kohli overpassed Sunil Gavaskar to become the Indian captain with the most Test runs.

Virat Kohli

Today, he was captaining the Test side for the 61st time – the most by an Indian Test skipper. MS Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket in 2014, captained India in 60 Test matches. Moreover, no other Asian Test captain has led their team more than Kohli.

With help of Kohli’s calm batting display, India are currently 134/3 in 58.4 overs when the bad light halted the game. Kohli is batting on 40 along with his deputy Ajinkya Rahane, who is batting on 22. Both players are looking solid and should play big knocks to take India to safe waters.