Virat Kohli surpasses Sunil Gavaskar, equals Ricky Ponting with century in Pune

Written by Vishwas Gupta

India captain Virat Kohli registered his first Test hundred in 2019 on Day 2 of the second Test against South Africa in Pune. The right-handed batsman had finished on 63* on Day 1, and went on to stick it out in the middle to reach the landmark. Overall, this is Kohli’s 26th ton in the longest format.

It took the Indian skipper 9 innings to get his first hundred in Test cricket this year. Before this, he had scored two fifties in 8 innings.During the course of the innings, the Indian captain also surpassed Dilip Vengsarkar to climb to the 7th position in the list of players with most runs for India in the longest format.

With his ton, Kohli also equalled former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting’s massive Test record of scoring 19 Test hundreds as captain. He is tied at the 2nd place along with Ponting, with South Africa’s Graeme Smith at the top position with 25 centuries to his name.

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