Virat Kohli becomes first Indian to score 5000 runs as Test skipper

Virat Kohli, on Friday, has become the first Indian to score 5000 runs in Test cricket as a skipper. He achieved the feat on the first day of the ongoing day-night Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens.

Kohli in action at Pune

He, so far, scored 3454 runs in 60 Tests. Before Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had the most number of Test runs as the skipper of the side.

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As of international record, former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has the record of scoring most runs as the skipper of an international side. Smith registered 8659 runs from 109 matches.

In the first ever Day/Night Test of Bangladesh and India, the visiting side were bundled out for just 106 after electing to bat first.

In reply, Indian openers could not score big as Kohli entered into the scene when the hosts were 43/2. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara stood for 96-run third wicket partnership.

On the way to his half century, Virat Kohli touched the milestone when he was on 32 thus became the first Indian skipper to aggregate 5000 Test runs.

Kohli also became the fastest batsman to reach 5000 runs as a skipper in Test cricket. The previous fastest was Ricky Ponting who scored 5000 runs in 97 innings.

The other batsmen who scored 5000 Test runs as a skipper are, Clive Lyod, Allan Border and Stephen Fleming.

Kohli is already India’s most successful captain in the longer format with 31 victories.


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