From Rohit Sharma‘s one-handed blinder at second slip to Wriddhiman Saha‘s athletic one-handed screamer, the historic Pink-Ball Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata has already witnessed some breathtaking catches. On day two of the day/night Test, Bangladesh’s Taijul Islam, who came in as a substitute pulled off a marvellous catch in the deep to bring an end to India captain Virat Kohli‘s splendid 136 on Saturday.
It was an over-pitched ball on Kohli’s pads and he flicked it up in the air. Taijul, who was there at fine leg, ran in and probably misjudged it, but then leapt upwards and held onto the catch with two hands.
Here is the breathtaking catch:
Meanwhile, Kohli surpassed former Australia captain Ricky Ponting to become the fastest to 5000 Test runs as a skipper. He put behind the record held by Ponting, who took 54 matches (97 innings) to set the record. Kohli reached the feat in his 53rd match (86th innings) as India captain. With the century, he also surpassed Ponting to register the most number of centuries as a Test captain as well. Kohli now has 20, whereas Ponting has 19.
It was also Kohli’s 20th Test century as captain and 41st international century while leading India.
The ton was Kohli’s second against Bangladesh. His first Test century against Bangladesh had come in 2017 when he had scored 204 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
This was also the second consecutive century for Kohli at the Eden Gardens. In 2017 when India played last against Sri Lanka in Kolkata, he had scored a 104* in the Test which ended in a draw.
Earlier, Taijul was rewarded for his consistent bowling with Rahane just spooning it up to backward point for a simple catch to Ebadat Hossain.