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Virat Kohli can go past Ricky Ponting and achieve a world record in WTC final

If Virat Kohli gets a ton in the WTC final, he would break Ricky Ponting’s huge record of the captain with most international hundreds.
By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 07:31 AM IST
Photos of Indian skipper Virat Kohli (L) and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting (R)(HT Collage)

The stage is set for World Test Championship final as Virat Kohli-led Indian team will take on the World No. 1 Test team New Zealand in the epic clash that begins June 18th in Southampton. Kohli is expected to play a crucial role in the all-important match with the bat, as he is known for rising to the occasion and put his best foot forward in big matches.

India have reached the WTC final after sensational comebacks in the Test series in Australia and in the home Test series against England. And Virat Kohli would want his team to lift the inaugural WTC trophy to culminate the hard work the team has put in over the past couple of years.

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Kohli has not scored a Test hundred since November 2019. His last Test ton came in the Day/Night Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata. But if he manages to reach the mark in the WTC final, the India captain will achieve a huge world record.

If Kohli gets a ton in the WTC final, he would break Ricky Ponting’s huge record of the captain with most international hundreds.

It would be Kohli’s 42nd international century as captain. At this point, Ponting and Kohli are currently tied at the top position in this list with 41 centuries to their name.

Meanwhile, former India cricketer Parthiv Patel believes Virat Kohli would take inspiration from his performance in the 2018 series in England to tackle the challenges in the WTC final.

“I think probably he will have to give himself a bit of time and try to think what he did in 2018 – where he got a number of hundreds," Parthiv said on Star Sports' Game Plan.

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"So, probably he is better equipped than he was in 2014, but there will be challenges and there will be challenges of a variety of fast bowlers. The reason being – it is not a one-dimensional fast bowling attack," he added.

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