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Virat Kohli in his 50th Test: His key landmarks so far

India Today logo India Today 17-11-2016

Following a hard-fought draw in the first Test against England in Rajkot, India now look to apply themselves better in the second Test in Vizag.

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However, as both the teams battle it out for domination in the marathon five-Test series, India captain Virat Kohli will reach another milestone in his short yet glorious Test career.

Kohli will be hungry to lead India to victory in his 50th Test match at the ACA-VDCA cricket stadium in Visakhapatnam.

Five years since he made his Test debut against West Indies in Kingston, Kohli has had a phenomenal journey in the longest format of the game. The Delhi dasher has amassed 3643 runs at an average of 46.11, smashing 13 hundreds and 12 fifties.

Meanwhile, England batsman Joe Root too will be playing in his 50th Test. In 49 matches so far, Root has scored 4231 runs at an average of 53.55, slamming 11 hundreds and 23 half centuries.

At 28, Kohli is rated among the top Test batsmen and has found tremendous success as captain of the Indian team. Kohli has led India to four consecutive Test series victories since becoming a full time captain. His journey so far includes historic series victories over Sri Lanka, South Africa and West Indies, and a 3-0 clean sweep over New Zealand.

Here's a look at Kohli's extraordinary journey Tests:

TEST DEBUT

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Kohli made a low-key Test debut in West Indies in June, 2011, scoring 76 runs in three matches. However, he steadily climbed up the ladders after a below-par performance in his debut year. In 2012, Kohli made 689 runs in nine matches, while in 2013, he scored 616 runs in 8 Tests. The year 2014 was a good year for Kohli in Test cricket where he amassed 847 runs in 10 matches. However, in 2015, Kohli slowed down a bit as he managed only 640 runs in nine Tests. Kohli came back strongly this year, scoring 649 runs in eight Tests so far at an average of 59.

MAIDEN HUNDRED

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Australia and the Adelaide Oval remain a special place in Kohli's career. Kohli's love affair with Australia is well documented as it was there he scored his maiden Test ton. He showed India's senior batsmen how it should be done by scoring a fine century in his eighth Test. He was almost run out on 99 as he frantically searched for the run to raise triple figures.

DEBUT AS TEST CAPTAIN

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Kohli, who was exposed to Test captaincy under extraordinary circumstances, has enjoyed instant success in the role. Kohli led the Test team against Australia in 2014 when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unavailable for the opening Test. But an undeterred Kohli smashed a hundred in each innings to almost push India to victory.

Dhoni came back to lead in the second Test before calling time on the his Test career. However, Kohli took the leadership role with pride and scored another hundred in the third Test. Though India lost the four-match series 2-0, Kohli had already announced his arrival as captain.

TWO DOUBLE HUNDREDS AS TEST CAPTAIN

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Kohli is the first and only Indian captain to slam two double hundreds in Tests. Both his double tons came in 2016, against West Indies and New Zealand.

Kohli's maiden double ton was against the West Indies in Antigua in July, where he led the team to a 2-0 win. His second double century came recently against New Zealand in Indore as India completed a 3-0 series whitewash against the Black Caps.

CAPTAINCY RECORD

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Under Kohli's captaincy, Team India are currently No.1 in Test rankings and the team to beat, having won their last four Test series. Kohli's real success as Test captain came in Sri Lanka when he led the team to a historic 2-1 victory. His next assignment was against South Africa, where he led the team to a 3-0 victory in the four-Test series at home.

Against West Indies, Kohli, who became the first Indian captain to score a double century in Tests, marshalled his troops to a 2-0 victory in the Caribbean.

Next on Kohli's radar were the Black Caps. New Zealand, under the leadership of young Kane Williamson, came to India for a three-Test series. However, Kohli's men thrashed the Kiwis, winning the series 3-0, with the captain scoring his second double hundred.

In 18 Test matches, Kohli has won 10, lost 2, while 6 matches ended in draw. Kohli is fourth in the list of India's most successful captains (in terms of wins) after MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin.



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