Virat Kohli has gone 41 innings without a century in Test cricket until his century in Ahmedabad. Before his maiden century in 2012, Kohli had gone 13 innings without a Test century.
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Kohli’s most recent Test century, his 27th, occurred in November 2019 against Bangladesh in Kolkata, where he scored 136 in a day-night match. During his century drought, Kohli hit 1028 runs at an average of 25.70 with six fifties in 41 innings.
Kohli had gone 15 Test innings without a fifty before his 186-run effort in Ahmedabad, his longest such skid in Test cricket. His previous longest drought of ten innings without a Test fifty came in 2014.
Kohli has the joint-second most hundreds in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with eight. Sachin Tendulkar leads the record with nine hundreds, while Ricky Ponting and Steven Smith each have eight.
Kohli needed 241 balls to complete his century. It is the second slowest of Kohli’s 28 Test hundreds. His slowest century came off 289 balls against England in Nagpur in 2012.
Virat Kohli‘s 28th Test century took a long time to arrive, but it was well worth the wait as the former India captain smashed Australia for 186 on Day 4 of the fourth Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday (March 13). Kohli’s century came just days after the country celebrated Holi last week.
Virat Kohli and Steve Smith’s Reactions to Axar Patel’s 80-meter Six Become Viral
Axar Patel had previously been used as a third-choice spinner by skipper Rohit Sharma, but the all-rounder impressed everyone with his batting abilities on Day 4 of India’s fourth Test against Australia in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Axar scored 79 to provide superb support to Virat Kohli and lead India to a strong position in the contest. One of Axar’s highlights of the day’s play was a tremendous six off Matthew Kuhnemann, which he blasted over the mid-wicket boundary. The shot stunned everyone, with Kohli breaking into a smile and Australia’s stand-in captain Steve Smith bewildered by the power and distance of the ball.
Virat Kohli reached his first Test century in over three years with a majestic 186 on Sunday, giving India a chance to win the fourth Test against Australia.
On another run-filled day four at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, the hosts concluded their first innings on 571, surpassing Australia’s 480 and taking a 91-run lead.
Kohli was the last man out as India lost their ninth wicket to Todd Murphy in the penultimate session of play, and Shreyas Iyer did not bat owing to back problems.
After the day’s play, his wife, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, turned to social media to suggest the former captain was “playing through sickness” throughout his spectacular knock.
At stumps, Australia had reached three for no loss, with Travis Head scoring runs alongside night watchman Matthew Kuhnemann.
The left-handed Kuhnemann came in as a surprise following opener Usman Khawaja, who scored 180 in Australia.
Axar Patel, who shared a 162-run sixth-wicket stand with Kohli, admitted that another Australia collapse like in previous Tests was improbable, but India would try nevertheless.
“We won’t run through them like we did in the previous three games. We’ll have to work hard, be patient, and bowl in excellent spots “Axar stated.
Kohli dominated the day with his 28th Test century, hitting a single off spinner Nathan Lyon in the second session to bring the house down as fans erupted in joy.