Virat Kohli 32 runs away from scripting history at Eden Gardens

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Skipper Virat Kohli is on the cusp of achieving a huge feat for India when he takes to the field against Bangladesh in the second and final Test of the series at Eden Gardens in Kolkata starting Friday. Kohli is set to add another feather into his already illustrious cap as he needs just 32 runs to complete 5000 runs as captain. He will become the first Indian to achieve this massive feat. Overall, he will become just the sixth cricketer in the world and will join an exclusive club which boasts the likes of Graeme Smith, Allan Border, Ricky Ponting, Clive Llyod and Steve Fleming.

Kohli and other Indian batsmen will have to up their game to counter the pink ball at this iconic venue. The second Test match will be played with a pink SG ball and this will also serve as a trial for the pink balls as well as the BCCI. The Kookaburra pink balls were used in the Duleep Trophy earlier. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has already issued a warning to teammates that it will be difficult to negate the movement of pink ball.

“The lateral movement is big, actually a lot than the red ball,” Rahane had earlier told reporters in Indore. “Adjustment-wise, I’m sure everyone will adapt very quickly. We are used to playing different formats – after T20s we play Tests. It’s just the mindset, technical skills will play a role. Mentally if you can adjust to the pink ball, then it’ll be good.”

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