After going 1-0 up in the series, India went into the third Test match with a new opening pair in this series in the form of Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan. India got off to a good start after winning the toss and electing to bat first at Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi. Murali Vijay reached his 16th half century as Dhawan (23), and Cheteshwar Pujara (23) departed after getting good starts.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is on the spree of breaking records as he broke Rahul Dravid’s record to become the fourth quickest batsmen to reach 5000 Test runs. Kohli took 105 innings to reach the landmark. While Sunil Gavaskar took 95, Virender Sehwag took 99, and Sachin Tendulkar took 103 innings.
The 29-year-old Kohli, who is playing his 63 rd Test match reached the milestone while he was batting on 25 runs in India’s first innings. Kohli went into the match with 4975 runs and was eight short before going in for the lunch break. Kohli drove Suranga Lakmal for a classic boundary past wide mid-off to go past the mark.
Here is how the Twitter reacted as Virat Kohli reaches his 5000 Test runs:
The greatest batsman of his generation. He is on a different level to any current batsmen – @imVkohli!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) December 2, 2017
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 2, 2017
— Alex Tudor (@alextudorcoach) December 2, 2017
5000 Runs….love the fact that he values Test runs a lot. Will keep the next generation interested in red ball cricket. Run Machine. Kohli.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 2, 2017
Quickest to 5000 Test runs for India
95 Sunil Gavaskar
98 Virender Sehwag
103 Sachin Tendulkar
105 Virat Kohli#IndvSL
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 2, 2017
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017
— ICC (@ICC) December 2, 2017
Least innings to score 5000 Test runs among Indians:
95 – Sunil Gavaskar
98 – Virender Sehwag
103 – Sachin Tendulkar
105 – VIRAT KOHLI*
108 – Rahul Dravid#INDvSL
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) December 2, 2017
Kohli must be thinking back to all those first class matches at the Kotla when batting was a lot harder than this #INDvSL
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 2, 2017
— Irfan Akbar ☪ عِرفَان اَکبَر (@IrfanAkbar92) December 2, 2017
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) December 2, 2017
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) December 2, 2017
Another milestone for Virat Kohli, completes 5⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ Test runs! 🙌#INDvSL
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 2, 2017