SA vs IND, Day 2: Virat Kohli Achieves A Century Of Catches; Jasprit Bumrah Picks Up Yet Another Fifer

India captain Virat Kohli joined the likes of Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar of taking the most number catches for the country and currently finds himself in the sixth position, just below Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammed Azharuddin.

Published: January 12, 2022 11:07 PM IST

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Virat Kohli registered yet another milestone playing for India (@vinayakkm)

Cape Town: The elusive century with the bat might be evading India captain Virat Kohli but that has not had an impact on his fielding that bit as he added yet another feather to his cap. The 33-year-old completed 100 catches in Test cricket during the second day’s play in the third Test against South Africa played at the Newlands Stadium, Cape Town on Wednesday.

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The India captain reached the milestone in style as he took a brilliant low catch to send Temba Bavuma packing in the slip cordon off the bowling of Mohammad Shami. The catch might just be the turning point of the match as Bavuma (28) has been a thorn in the flesh for the Indians in the series and had already stitched together a 47-run stand with Keegan Petersen (72) when he was dismissed.

With this, Kohli also became the sixth Indian fielder, who isn’t a wicket-keeper, to pick 100 or more catches in the longest format of the game. The India skipper brought up the landmark in his 99th Test.

Rahul Dravid (209 catches in 163 matches), VVS Laxman (135 catches in 134 matches), Sachin Tendulkar (115 catches in 200 matches), Sunil Gavaskar (108 catches in 125 matches), Mohammad Azharuddin – 105 catches in 99 matches Virat Kohli (100* catches in 99 matches) are the Indian cricketers who feature in this elite list.

Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah bagged his seventh five-wicket haul – the joint-most for an Indian seamer after 27 Tests alongside Kapil Dev and Irfan Pathan.

Harbhajan Singh (7/120 in 2010/11), S Sreesanth (5/114 in 2010/11) and J Bumrah (5/42 in 2021/22 *) are three bowlers for India who have picked fifers in Cape Town.

The 28-year-old Bumrah along with Mohammed Shami (2/39), Umesh Yadav (2/64) and Shardul Thakur (1/37) helped India bowl out South Africa for 210 in their 1st innings to take a slender 13-run lead on day two of third Test at the Newlands Cricket Ground.

(With IANS Inputs)

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Published Date: January 12, 2022 11:07 PM IST