2nd Test Australia vs India Perth: Pat Cummins finally brought an end to India captain Virat Kohli 25th Test century for 123. It was a massive breakthrough for Australia, just at the right time. Kohli played well and scored the hundred on a lively pitch. It was a good catch, it was referred to and it showed that the ball had touched the ground before Peter Handscomb took the catch. It was a lapse in concentration and Kohli was out. Loose drive outside off and the ball flew off the outer edge for the man at second slip to take it. The third umpire’s services were required and he signaled it out as he never had enough evidence to overrule the on-field soft signal, which was out. Would have been interesting had the soft signal been not out. But looked more out than not out as far as the replays were concerned. But even after it was referred it was given out. The soft signal was out as Handscomb claimed the catch, but was it cleanly taken?
India captain brought up his 25th Test century and this was one of his very best as it came on a lively pitch against a good bowling attack. With his hundred Kohli (127) became the fastest Indian to register 25 Test centuries, he surpassed Sachin Tendulkar (130), Sunil Gavaskar (138). Kohli also went past Sachin Tendulkar for the highest Test average in SENA countries. Virat Kohli now only the third India batsman to score 1000 runs in away Tests in a calendar year. Now equals the Sachin Tendulkar record of scoring, the most Test centuries in Australia by an Indian. Virat Kohli also becomes the first Asian batsman to score a ton in each South Africa, England, and Australia in the same calendar year in Test cricket. Kohli also equaled Clive Llyod to register most Test tons as captain in Australia, both have four to their name. Kohli is also at No 2 when it comes to scoring most centuries as captain in international cricket, Kohli has 34, whereas Ponting is at the top of the tree with 41.