Equaling Sachin Tendulkar’s record of six Test hundreds on Australian soil, Indian captain Virat Kohli was in fine form as he notched up his 25th Test hundred in the second Test match against Australia under scorching heat on a difficult Perth track.
The Indian captain stands just 82 runs away from smashing legendary Rahul Dravid’s record of highest away runs overseas in a calendar year. Dravid had scripted the feat by scoring 1137 runs in overseas Test matches in 2002 overhauling Mohinder Amarnath’s tally of 1065 runs in overseas Tests in 1983. Kohli currently has scored 1056 runs so far in the overseas Tests in 2018 and stands on the verge of overtaking Dravid in the Boxing Day Test match.
Kohli squared off the year on a brilliant note with a solid show with the bat against South Africa. He notched up 286 runs in three Test matches at an average of 47.67 including a milestone hundred at Centurion. He continued his prolific form in England and was the best performer with the bat throughout the series, amassing a staggering 593 runs in five Tests at an average close to 58.
He didn’t had a perfect start to the Australia Test series scoring 3 and 34 runs respectively in the first Test match but bounced back to impress in Perth with a stunning 123 off 257 deliveries to bail India out of a struggling start and help them post 283 runs on the board in reply to Australia’s 326.
However, his efforts went in vain as Aussie bowlers dominated the proceedings in India’s second innings with the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli all failing to deliver. India lost the match by 146 runs as Australia levelled the series 1-1. In Melbourne, all eyes will be on Kohli once again, as he steps out to bat. The Indian captain stands just 82 runs away from scripting history and is likely to achieve the feat in the third Test.