The Mumbai crowd filled up the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday morning to see one man bat, Virat Kohli. They didn’t have to wait too long. The India captain strode onto the ground on the third ball of the day’s play after Chesteshwar Pujara fell early. (LIVE BLOG)
Virat Kohli gave them early cause for celebration when he crossed 41 to reach 4,000 career Test runs. Kohli has reached the mark in his 52nd Test and is the 14th Indian batsman to reach the figure.
Also, when he reached 35, with a ferocious pull off England pacer Ben Stokes, Kohli reached 1,000 runs this calendar year (2016). It was the fifth four of a delightful knock.
Among the active Indian players, only Gautam Gambhir is above Kohli. Gambhir, who played the first Test of the series at Rajkot, has 4,154 runs in 58 Tests. Sachin Tendulkar is at the top of the tree with 15,921 runs.
Averaging 48-plus, Kohli is closing in on the 50-plus mark, seen as the benchmark for great players. He has hit 14 hundreds so far.
Virat Kohli has been unstoppable in this series, averaging 100-plus, with a glorious run of 40, 49 not out, 167, 81, 62 in the first three Tests.
Kohli had made his debut against West Indies in 2011 at Kingston and hit his first hundred in his eighth Test, against Australia at Adelaide in the 2011-12 series.