In his 100th Test, Virat Kohli becomes 6th Indian batsman to reach 8000 runs

Written by Sumit Seth

It was a day of achievements and milestones for Team India batting icon Virat Kohli, who added a few more feathers to his already decorated cap. Kohli reached the 8000-run mark in the longest format of the game when he got to the score of 38 in the first Test against Sri Lanka at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Given that it came in his 100th appearance for the hosts in the whites, made it more special for the former captain.

Kohli became only the 6th Indian player to score 8000 runs in Test matches as he joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar (15921), Rahul Dravid (13265), Sunil Gavaskar (10122), VVS Laxman (8781) and Virender Sehwag (8503) in the elite list.

Overall, Kohli was the 32nd player in the world with Tendulkar at the top of the list with over 15000 runs. However, Tendulkar is on the second spot in the list of the batsmen fastest to reach the 8000-run mark, with former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara taking the pole position as he achieved the landmark in 152 innings.

The 33-year old became the 14th fastest to reach the landmark as he brought up 8000 runs in 169 runs.

Earlier, Kohli was presented with a special cap by the head coach Rahul Dravid during the felicitation ceremony ahead of the Mohali Test. Kohli became the 12th Indian player to achieve the milestone and joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar, and Ishant Sharma to play a century of Tests.


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