Fastest to 8000 Test runs: The former Indian captain achieved another milestone in his 100th Test match at the PCA Stadium today.
During the first day of the first Test of the ongoing Sri Lanka’s tour of India in Mohali, former India captain Virat Kohli became the sixth Indian cricketer to score 8,000 runs in Test cricket.
Having become only the 12th Indian cricketer to play 100 Test matches earlier in the day, Kohli achieved another significant milestone in what was already a landmark Test for him.
Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the 19th over, Kohli put together a 90-run partnership for the third wicket alongside Hanuma Vihari (58). Kohli, who entered the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium to a loud roar from the spectators, acknowledged their reception by hitting a lovely straight drive off Sri Lanka pacer Vishwa Fernando in the 22nd over.
Resuming batting after the lunch break, it only took Kohli three deliveries to flick Suranga Lakmal for another elegant boundary. Facing spinner Lasith Embuldeniya in the 31st over, Kohli pulled a delivery out of nowhere to hit his third boundary.
Despite providing all signs of an archetype gargantuan innings, Kohli couldn’t convert his start as he got deceived by an Embuldeniya delivery which turned enough to beat him to eventually hit the stumps.
Fastest to 8000 Test runs in cricket (updated list)
Kohli, who departed after scoring 45 (76) with the help of five fours, completed 8,000 Test runs by running a single off Fernando in the 39th over. Kohli entered the elite club in his 169th Test innings; becoming the 14th fastest to achieve the marvelous achievement. It is worth mentioning that former Australia captain Ricky Ponting had also reached to the 8,000-run mark in his 100th Test.
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Readers must note that legendary India batters namely Sachin Tendulkar (154), Rahul Dravid (158), Virender Sehwag (160) and Sunil Gavaskar (166) had all scored 8,000 Test runs faster (in terms of innings played) than Kohli.
|Steven Smith (AUS)||85||151|
|Kumar Sangakkara (SL)||91||152||10y 14d|
|Sachin Tendulkar (IND)||96||154||12y 184d|
|Sir Garry Sobers (WI)||91||157||19y 323d|
|Rahul Dravid (IND/ICC)||94||158||9y 173d|
|Virender Sehwag (IND/ICC)||93||160||10y 53d|
|Javed Miandad (PAK)||107||162||14y 17d|
|Brian Lara (WI)||94||164||12y 154d|
|Matthew Hayden (AUS)||92||164||13y 297d|
|Ricky Ponting (AUS)||100||165||10y 25d|