Before becoming a professional cricketer, Indian skipper, Virat Kohli would have had hardly given a thought about his futuristic achievements a decade back as a batsman and then as a leader of a team which is currently ranked Number one the current ICC Test rankings.
While starting of the proceeding as a skipper, Kohli listed four centuries in his first six innings. And this is how the success stories are being written with an indelible ink.
Before registering a biggest overseas win by 304 runs against Sri Lanka in the ongoing three-match Test series, the 28-year-old aggressive skipper has registered his Test career’s 17th century and 10th as a skipper in the longest format since taking up the captaincy in 2014 after Mahendra Singh Dhoni relinquished from the top post.
Kohli has racked up the numbers on the international level not by the chance, but by his sheer hard work and the courage to yield desired results against different opposition in the gentleman’s game.
The right-handed batsman, who is now averaging above 50 across all three formats, is a century away to equal the record of former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar, who had registered 11 tons in 74 Test innings.
Interestingly, listed among the stalwarts of the game, Kohli is placed now fifth on the table of all-time, who has registered ten fastest, Test hundreds as a skipper.
“I wasn’t certainly looking at things like how many innings I haven’t scored because when you are playing all formats, you don’t think which format you have not scored runs in how many innings,” Kohli said.
As the list includes Don Bradman topping the chart while achieving the feat in 26 innings, Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene has brought his 10th century in the 36th inning, as Australian skipper Steven Smith is listed third after featuring in 37 innings.
Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh had smashed his 10 triple figure mark in 43rd innings which further saw Kohli setting the milestone in his 44th innings at Galle International Stadium on June 2017.
The Delhi-born batsman, who took long, strides to become the standout performer in his innings of unbeaten 103 which was further laced with five boundaries and a solitary six.
“I think people on the outside start counting the number of innings when a batsman doesn’t score well, but for us as batsmen or anyone playing in the XI, it’s all about what the team wants at that particular situation,” Kohli maintained.
Coming to the average as a Test leader, Kohli is sitting at third position with the maximum of 20 Tests being played by the batter.
However, the Don Bradman is again leading the table with an average of staggering 101.51 in 24 Test which further lists transformed Smith at the number two position while averaging 73.27, as Kohli has maintained the third spot with the average of 61.09.
Sri Lanka’s former skipper Mahela Jayawardene averaged 59.11 and Garry Sobers (Windies) scored at 58.80 as a skipper in a minimum of 20 games while facing the cherry.
Kohli, who has been writing the script with the bat, is fifth on the chart, who has scored 200-plus runs as a skipper.
“I wasn’t looking at things from that point of view. And you end up scoring runs as well, plus you end up helping team also,” Kohli concluded.
Former West Indies star batsman Brian Lara registered five, as Don Bradman, Graeme Smith, Michael Clarke and Virat Kohli share four each.
However, Kohli has also gone through the lean patch against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar series where he scored just 46 at an average of 9.20 in three games, before picking the shoulder injury for the series decider at Dharamsala earlier this year.