It had been a while since Virat Kohli last scored a Test hundred. Having reached the three-figure mark against Australia in the Perth Test on December 14 last year, Kohli reached the 26th ton of his career in the longest format of the game in the first innings of the second Test against South Africa in Pune.
The 30-year-old reached the landmark with a straight driver off Philander, reaching what was his 19th Test ton as the captain of the Indian team with a four. In the process, Kohli also pulled himself level with former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting in the list of most hundreds in the format as the skipper. The leader of the list is ex-South African skipper Graeme Smith who has 25 tons as Test captain to his name.
Earlier in the match, Kohli also became only the second Indian captain to lead the team in 50 Test matches. He went past Sourav Ganguly, who had led the Indian side in 49 matches, but is yet to match Dhoni’s tally of 60. With the hundred against South Africa, Kohli now has centuries against the other 7 Test playing nations at home. He had never scored a ton against the Proteas at home before.
Kohli also has the best century conversion rate for an Indian at 53.1 per cent. The list is led by Sir Donald Bradman (69).
Virat entered Day 2 of the second Test against the Proteas at an overnight score of 63 off 105 balls, with Rahane batting at 18 off 70 deliveries. Handling the first session wasn’t the easiest for the Indian captain and his deputy as both opted for a patient approach with Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander’s seaming deliveries.
The first session of the day completely belonged to India as the hosts didn’t lose a single wicket while adding over 150 runs as a pair for the fourth wicket. En route to Lunch on Day 2, Rahane also completed his half-century to put India in complete control.