Virat Kohli becomes first captain to score hat-trick of tons in 3-match series
New Delhi: Indian cricket’s current “Milestone Man” Virat Kohli on Saturday became the first international captain to hit three successive hundreds in a three-Test series.
Kohli also completed his individual 5,000-runs mark in the longest version of the game. While many captains have had three or four Test tons in a five-match series, it is rarity that a batsman has scored three consecutive tons in a three-match series. Kohli now has 11 international hundreds in a season—one less than Sachin Tendulkar’s 12.
The Indian captain scored 104 not out in Kolkata followed by 213 in Nagpur before completing his hat-trick with his 20th Test hundred in his 63rd game in New Delhi.
Incidentally, this is also Kohli’s first ever Test hundred at the Feroz Shah Kotla. His century off 110 balls and the half-century off 52 balls were his individual fastest landmarks in this format. The 5,000-runs mark came in 105th innings, which is the fourth fastest among Indian batsmen after Sunil Gavaskar (95 innings), Virender Sehwag (98 innings) and Sachin Tendulkar (103 innings).