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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 98, 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. He also became the 11th Indian batsmen to achieve this feat.
India is eyeing to clinch their ninth consecutive Test series victory and equal the world record jointly held by Australia and England.
Fastest 5000 Test runs by Indians
*Sehwag’s innings and matches includes ICC XI