India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2 at Rajkot: In a bid to up the ante, India captain Virat Kohli fell prey for a brilliant 139. It was his 24th Test ton and was a chanceless inning. On his way to his 24th Test ton, he toppled many records. The biggest is going past Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest to 24 Test centuries as an Indian. But the way he was dismissed was quite uncharacteristic of him. He tried to slog Lewis, but only miscued it to Devendra Bishoo. Also Read - As Captain, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli Never Supported Me The Way Sourav Ganguly Did: Yuvraj Singh
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Kohli who is never tired of scoring runs seemed a little bogged down and wanted to break free.
Kohli also surpassed Virender Sehwag to become fourth-highest century-maker in Tests for India. Kohli became the joint fastest to 3000 Test runs in India. He reached the figure in 53 innings, along with Pujara. Tendulkar took 55 innings to reach 3000 runs in India.
King Kohli became the fourth highest century-maker for India and the fourth most as a captain for any side.
Earlier, captain Kohli breezed to his 24th Test hundred while Rishabh Pant missed out after a blistering 92 as India amassed 506 for five at lunch on day two of the series opener against the West Indies on Friday. A second Test hundred in his fourth Test was for the taking but Pant, attempting another six over mid-wicket, failed to pick the googly and top-edged it for a simple catch to Keemo Paul at backward point. His entertaining innings was laced with eight fours and four sixes.
Kohli (120 not out) had the company of Ravindra Jadeja (19 not out off 33) when lunch was taken. India, aiming to bat only once in the game, scored 142 runs in 29 overs bowled in the session.
With Pant picking boundaries at will, Kohli was in no hurry get to the hundred and when he did get there, the India skipper became the second fastest to 24 Test hundreds behind only Donald Bradman, who took 66 innings to Kohli’s 123.
Pant, who made memorable in his debut series in England, played his usual attacking game from ball one, flicking it nonchalantly through square leg to get going.
Kohli enjoyed his teammates’ fluent strokeplay from the other end as Pant raced to his half-century with a four and six off pacer Paul. He used his strong wrists to get to the desired elevation and distance. It was a sheer display of brute power.
His eyes lit up when spinners were employed after first hour of the morning. He welcomed Roston Chase with a four and six and did the same to Devendra Bishoo in the following over. Anything pitched up, he was quick to clear his one leg and deposit the ball over mid-wicket and long on.
The way Pant was plundering the bowlers, it seemed he would get to three figures before his skipper. But that did not happen as Kohli completed his century with a flick off his pads towards fine leg. Pant was on 87 when Kohli raised his bat but the wicket-keeper batsmen ended up throwing it away as he went for another six.
(With Agency Inputs)