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Virat Kohli: India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli equals Don Bradman’s record, achieves 29th Test hundred in Port of Spain | cricket news

NEW DELHI: India’s running machine Virat Kohli, who is playing his 500th cap, continued his exceptional form in the series against the West Indies by smashing a magnificent century on the second day of the second Test in Port of Spain on Friday.
Showcasing his impeccable skills and technique, Kohli hit his 29th Test hundred, off 180 balls, with a four off Shannon Gabriel, cementing his reputation as one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era. With the ton, Kohli also ended his century drought abroad, scoring his first Test hundred abroad since December 2018.
Kohli now equaled the legendary Sir Don Bradman in the list of most centuries in test cricket. Bradman had scored 29 hundreds in 52 Tests, while Kohli reached the milestone in his 111 Test.

Kohli celebrated the feat with a big smile, hugged teammate Jadeja and raised the bat to a standing ovation from her teammates. She then curtsied and kissed her wedding neck chain.
Kohli’s stellar performance in this Test match builds on his impressive display in the first Test, where he scored a well-achieved 76 in Roseau.
With this century, Kohli has now scored two Test hundreds from his last five innings this year, after snapping a run of 41 innings without reaching the milestone between November 2019 and March 2023.
Kohli’s century not only boosted his career highs but also played a crucial role in India’s first innings total. Along with the talented all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Kohli contributed significantly in pushing India’s score past the 300-run mark.

In addition to his century, Kohli achieved another feat in Test cricket. On Thursday, he surpassed the legendary Virender Sehwag’s tally of 8,586 runs to become India’s fifth-highest run-scorer in Test cricket.
Leading the list of Indian batsmen with the highest Test runs is the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, who amassed a staggering 15,921 runs in 200 Test matches, at an impressive average of 53.78. Following Tendulkar is Rahul Dravid, with 13,288 runs in 164 Tests, securing second position in the tally. sunil gavaskarthe first player to reach 10,000 runs in Test cricket, he ranks third with 10,122 runs in 125 matches, while VVS Laxman sits fourth with 8,781 runs in 134 matches.

On Thursday, Kohli also became the fourth Indian player to reach the remarkable milestone of 500 caps, an achievement accomplished by only a few in cricket history.
The elite list includes the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, who reigns with a staggering 664 international appearances. Joining him are two other revered figures in Indian cricket: former captain MS Dhoni, who has represented the country 538 times, and current manager Rahul Dravid, with 509 caps to his name.
Others on this elite list include: Mahela Jayawardene (652), Kumar Sangakkara (594), Sanath Jayasuriya (586), Ricky Ponting (560), Shahid Afridi (524) and Jacques Kallis (519).

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