India vs SA 2019: Virat Kohli On The Cusp Of Joining Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dravid In Elite List
The Indian captain Virat Kohli is on the cusp of joining former legendary batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Rahul Dravid. Kohli has scored 758 runs in nine Test matches at an average of 47.37 while playing against South Africa. Thus, the Indian skipper is 242 runs away from completing 1000 runs against the Proteas. If Kohli manages to score these many runs, he will become the fourth Indian batsmen to score 1000 runs against the Rainbow Nation.
Former legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar leads the chart with 1741 runs in 25 Test matches (45 innings) at an average of 42.46. The Master Blaster scored seven centuries and five half-centuries against the Proteas.
Kohli will hold the key once again.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag is next on the list as the combative batsman had scored 1306 runs in 15 Test matches at a fine average of 50.23. Sehwag had scored five centuries (which also included a triple ton) and two half-centuries.
Furthermore, former Indian captain Rahul Dravid scored 1252 runs in 22 Test matches at a paltry average of 33.83. The solid batsman scored two centuries and five fifties while playing against South Africa.
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VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, and Mohammad Azharuddin are the other Indian batsmen who have scored more runs than Kohli against the Proteas. Laxman had collected 976 runs, Ganguly had gathered 947 runs whereas Azharuddin had accumulated 779 runs against South Africa.
Meanwhile, the first Test match between India and South Africa will take place at Visakhapatnam from tomorrow. India is overwhelming favorites and they would like to tick the right boxes. Virat Kohli has also confirmed that Wriddhiman Saha will be their wicket-keeper. Ravichandran Ashwin also got a place in the playing XI whereas Rohit Sharma will open the innings.
India’s Playing XI for the first Test:
Virat Kohli (Capt), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Md Shami.
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