Kohli-Rahane break Sachin-Ganguly’s record

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane have put India on the driving seat against the hosts West Indies on Day 3 of the opening Test match at Antigua.

Kohli-Rahane break Sachin-Ganguly's record
Virat Kohli-Ajinkya Rahane break Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly’s partnership record in Tests.

When India lost three wickets for 81 runs, it was Kohli and Rahane who held their nerves and took the Windies’ attack to cleaners. They played patiently and constructed an unbeaten 104-run partnership to steer India to a commendable position.

It’s because of their assistance, India have stretched their massive lead to 260 runs. They still have 7 more wickets in hand. With a healthy lead, the Indian team appears to be the firm favourites to go 1-0 in the series.

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In their century partnership, Kohli and Rahane entered the record books as it was the 8th century stand for the 4th wicket for India in Test matches, which is the most by any Indian pair in cricket history.

The captain-vice captain pair surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, who had 7 century stands between them for the 4th wicket.

Interestingly, this was also Ajinkya Rahane and Kohli’s 9th 100-run stand and also this was the third time that an Indian duo made a 100-plus stand at the Sri Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua. Both the batsmen are looking in great touch with their fifties.

Ajinkya Rahane, who was the pick of the Indian batsmen for his incredible 81 in his team’s first innings total of 297, will let his bat do the talking on Day 4 morning. He is batting on 53 alongside Kohli on 51.

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