Indian Captain Virat Kohli plays a shot during the 3rd day of second cricket test match between India and England, at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.(PTI)
Indian Captain Virat Kohli plays a shot during the 3rd day of second cricket test match between India and England, at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.(PTI)

Virat Kohli one century away from surpassing Ricky Ponting and creating world record

  • IND vs ENG: Kohli has scored two fifties in the series but has not been able to convert it to a hundred yet.
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:53 PM IST

India captain Virat Kohli will be on the verge of surpassing former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and create a world record when he steps out to bat in the upcoming fourth Test against England at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad which begins from Thursday. Kohli has scored two fifties in the series but has not been able to convert it to a hundred yet.

The right-handed batsman has not scored a century since the Day/Night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in November 2019. He has played 11 innings since then but is yet to get a hundred.

If Kohli gets a ton in the 4th Test, he would be crossing Ponting in the list of captains with most international hundreds. It would be Kohli’s 42nd international ton as captain, the highest by any player in the world. Overall, it would be Kohli's 28th Test hundred.

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Currently, both Ponting and Kohli are tied at the top position in the list with 41 centuries to their name.

The four-match Test series is currently tilted in India's favour at 2-1 after the hosts won the 3rd Test in Motera by 10 wickets in dramatic fashion. The highly-anticipated Test ended just after the Dinner break on Day 2.


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But the unexpected nature of India's has led to much debate over the Motera pitch in the past few days with several former cricketers including Michael Vaughan. Alastair Cook, and Andrew Strauss criticising the surface. It would be interesting to see how the pitch behaves in the 4th Test which will be played in the same stadium, except this time with the red ball.

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