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Will Virat Kohli be quicker than Bradman to 1000 Test runs in Australia?

India Today logo India Today 05-12-2018

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Virat Kohli struggled to get going in his first two innings on Australian soil during India's 2011-12 tour. Frustration had crept in and the fiery cricketer kicked up a storm by flashing his fingers at the Australian crowd.

However, the memories of the Delhi batsman struggling to put bat to ball seems a distant past as he has never looked back since scoring his first century in Australia in Adelaide in the last Test of the 2012 tour.

In 2014-15, Kohli took his love for Australia to another level as he slammed four centuries, including a twin ton in Adelaide. He had finished the series, which India lost 2-0 with 692 runs at a staggering average of 86.50.

As Kohli prepares for the much-anticipated four-Test series against Australia, the India captain is set for another record-breaking spree.

Kohli, who has scored 992 runs from eight Tests Down Under, is bidding to reach 1,000 runs on Australian soil, faster than batting great Don Bradman, who reached the four-figure mark in his 10th Test at home.

Even some of Australia's big names, including Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Matthew Hayden, Allan Border, and Steve Smith needed more than 10 innings to reach 1,000 Test runs at home.

Kohli is also set to join an elite list, consisting of four Indians - Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag - who have amassed 1,000 runs in Australia.

If Kohli gets to the 1,000-run mark in the opening Test of the upcoming series in Adelaide, he will become the fastest Indian to do so. Laxman currently holds the record as he got to the landmark in his 10th Test.

While Kohli has 992 runs after eight Tests in Australia, Laxman had scored 783, Tendulkar 646, Dravid 735, and Sehwag 907 after eight matches each Down Under.

Can Kohli shatter Tendulkar's record Down Under?

Kohli is also bidding to shatter Tendulkar's record for the most Test centuries by an Indian batsman in Australia as the India captain is just one behind his idol's tally of six. He is now second on the list, tied on five centuries with Sunil Gavaskar.

There is no doubt the narrative leading up to the four-Test series has been centered around Kohli. The India captain has headed into the series on the back of scoring in bulk in India's two previous overseas tours of the year in South Africa and Australia.

While Kohli scored 286 from three Tests in difficult batting conditions in the Rainbow Nation, the skipper was peerless in the Old Blighty, amassing a chart-topping tally of 593 runs, 244 more than second-placed Jos Bultter in a five-Test series.

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