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Virat Kohli becomes second fastest Indian to 6000 Test runs

The Indian captain reached the milestone on the second day of the fourth Test against England at Southampton. Kohli reached the milestone in his 119th innings, which makes him the ninth fastest in Test history.

cricket Updated: Aug 31, 2018 18:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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India's captain Virat Kohli bats during the second day of the fourth Test cricket match between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, southwest England on August 31, 2018. (AFP)

Virat Kohli’s status as India’s premier batsman across all formats is undisputed and he added another feather in his cap on Friday, when he went past the 6000-run mark in Test cricket on day 2 of the fourth Test against England at Southampton.

Kohli reached the milestone in his 119th innings, which makes him the ninth fastest in Test history. He is also the second fastest Indian to the mark after Sunil Gavaskar. The former India captain had taken 117 innings to complete 6000 runs in Tests.

The record for the fastest to the mark belongs to cricket’s original run machine, Sir Donald Bradman. The Australian legend had completed the mark in an astounding 68 innings.

Banned Australian batsman Steven Smith and former West Indies great Gary Sobers occupy the second spot, having reached the mark in 111 Test innings.

Kohli has beaten greats like Sachin Tendulkar and Vivian Richards to the milestone. Both Tendulkar and Richards took 120 innings to complete 6000 Test runs.

The Indian captain is also nearing 10,000 runs in one-day internationals and has also crossed the 2000-runs mark in T20 internationals.

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 17:53 IST