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Virat Kohli completes 1,000 runs as India cricket team captain in overseas Tests

Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team star, achieved a fine milestone on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle, completing 1,000 runs outside India as skipper.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Jul 28, 2017 18:43 IST
Sanjjeev Samyal
Sanjjeev Samyal
Hindustan Times, Galle
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Virat Kohli runs between the wickets during the third day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and India at Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle.(AFP)

Virat Kohli is turning to be Indian cricket’s new milestone man. With almost every innings, he is improving his personal records. During his sweetly hit half-century in the second inning of the opening Test at the Galle International Stadium on Friday, he completed 1000 runs in Tests as captain outside India. (India vs Sri Lanka, 1st cricket Test, Day 3: Highlights)

It is a record he will be most proud of, and that is mainly on two counts. First, it’s how well you play away from home that determines your rating as a batsman. It also shows he is thriving in the responsibility of leadership than feel burdened by it.

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The knock was also important for Kohli because he was one of the two top-order batsmen to miss out in the first innings. After getting Kohli out to a bouncer in the first innings, Sri Lanka pace bowler Nuwan Pradeep had spoken about targeting Kohli with the short ball. Surprisingly, they hardly tested the Indian captain with the short stuff in the second essay.

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One reason could be that the first innings effort had taken a toll on the Sri Lankan pace bowlers. As a result, the battle everyone was waiting for didn’t materialise. Kohli was at his fluent best, his feet were moving well, and be it the forward stretch or the backfoot punch, the ball was hitting the sweet spot.

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When Pradeep came on for his second spell, Kohli greeted him with back-to-back fours, first a trademark cover drive before tucking the next ball to square leg. Pradeep’s figures read 35 runs in six wicketless overs.

With the fifty, Kohli had stretched India’s lead to 446.

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 17:39 IST