Kohli hits 25th Test ton, equalizes Sanga’s 63
Virat Kohli has hit his 25th Test career century during India’s first innings against Australia on day three of the second Test at Optus Stadium, Perth.
Kohli took 127 innings to register his 25th Test hundred, only the second-fastest to Don Bradman’s 68 innings. He is the fourth Indian after Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to score 25 Test tons.
The Indian skipper had his 14th Test ton away from home and sixth in Australia. This is also the new Perth stadium’s first individual three-figure score in Tests. The ground is hosting its first Test match.
Overall, this is Kohli’s 63rd international hundred in 356 matches. He levels up with Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara’s tally of 63 tons. Only Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting have more international centuries than Kohli.
Most international hundreds-
- Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 100 hundreds in 664 matches
- Ricky Ponting (Australia/ICC) – 71 hundreds in 560 matches
- Virat Kohli (India) – 63 hundreds in 356* matches
- Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka/ICC/Asia) – 63 hundreds in 594 matches
- Jacques Kallis (South Africa/ICC/Africa) – 62 hundreds in 519 matches
Kohli started the third day of Perth Test with 82* as India finished day two at 172/3. The right-hander reached his century in the first session hitting Mitchell Starc straight down the ground for a boundary.
Kohli’s innings ended at the stroke of lunch break as Pat Cummins found the outside edge of his bat to send him back. The Indian skipper made 123 runs from 257 deliveries hitting 13 fours and a six.