Sri Lanka were routed at home 0-9 across three formats by India three months ago but they bounced back to win two Tests against Pakistan in UAE. Pace spearhead Suranga Lakmal troubled India in both the innings in a match haul of seven wickets and it was Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 104 in the second innings that swung the momentum in the final two sessions.
With the magnificent hundred, Kohli achieved another milestone in his career, as he completed 50 international hundreds across all formats. With 32 ODI hundreds, now has now become the 8th batsman ever to score 50 or more international centuries. The only other Indian in the illustrious list is Sachin Tendulkar, who leads the pack with 100 international centuries. The list has the likes of Kumar Sangakkara (63) and Mahela Jayawardene (54) from Sri Lanka, Australian Ricky Ponting (71), South Africans Jacques Kallis (62) and Hashim Amla (54) and West Indies legend Brian Lara (53).
Kohli is now the joint fastest to reach the milestone in terms of innings played, along with South African run machine Hashim Amla. Here’s the list:
This was also his first Test hundred at the Eden Gardens as his average also shot past 50. Kohli now has nine International centuries in 2017, the most by him in any year as well as the most number of ducks (five) by him in any year. His previous highest was eight centuries in 2012 and in 2014.
Kohli is the also the first Indian captain to score a duck and a century in the same Test.