1st Test, Adelaide: Captain Virat Kohli added another feather to his illustrious cap by becoming the fastest Indian to score 1000 Test runs in Australia. Kohli breached the 1000-run barrier in the 1st Test between India and Australia at the iconic Adelaide. He also became the fourth Indian to reach the milestone. The other three who are there in the elite list are Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. Kohli took a mere 18 Test innings to reach the landmark, his average of 58 also speaks volumes about his dominance in Down Under. Kohli also has five Test centuries against his name in Australia, just behind Tendulkar who has seven.Also Read - Prithvi Shaw And Suryakumar Yadav to Fly to England on July 31 on Special Provision
Indian batsmen to score 1000+ Test runs in Australia: 1. Sachin Tendulkar (1809). 2. VVS Laxman (1236). 3. Rahul Dravid (1143). 4. Virat Kohli (1004*). During his knock in the second innings in Adelaide, the 30-year old Kohli also surpassed the legendary – Sir Don Bradman to score the fastest 1000 Test runs in Australia. Also Read - Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli And KL Rahul-Athiya Shetty Pose in Latest Group Photo, Fans Say ‘Couple Goals’
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The Indian stalwart also achieved another incredible feat as he became the fifth captain to score 2000 Test runs in both home and away matches. After the likes of Allan Border, Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith and Alastair Cook – Kohli became the 5th Test skipper to complete the landmark in tough Australian conditions.
At the tea break, Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 11 runs, while Virat Kohli was on 2. Rain further caused delays post lunch and another 23 minutes were lost before play could finally get underway, with 61 overs remaining for the day.
As opposed to the first innings, opener KL Rahul and Murali Vijay (18) were more careful and negotiated the Australian pace battery without much discomfort. They left well and looked to cut out any high-risk shots as India were placed at 19 for no loss in 10 overs.
Suddenly, Rahul cut loose and smacked Pat Cummins (0-22) all over the park as the score sped to 35 for no loss in the next two overs. His attacking display gave India the impetus as 50 came up in the 15th over. Vijay was the first to go, out driving again, and caught at second slip off Hazelwood. It fizzled out the Indian momentum, even as Rahul continued playing his shots.
Pujara survived a scare in the 24th over, using DRS to overturn a caught-behind decision off Nathan Lyon (0-24). But two balls later, Australia’s desperation for a wicket paid off as Rahul edged behind off Hazlewood.
Kohli walked out to boos from the Australian fans but made sure there was no further loss until tea as India’s lead crossed 100. At the start of the day 3, rain hampered play as India took a 15-run lead in the first innings after Australia were bowled out for 235 in reply to the visitors’ 250.
Inclement weather first delayed play by 45 minutes in the morning session, and then there were two more delays in the first session before lunch was taken.