Virat Kohli has made record-breaking a habit. The 29-year-old, who has been rewriting record books consistently in the recent past, on Sunday, November 26 surpassed Sunil Gavaskar on the list of most Test centuries by an Indian captain.
Skipper Kohli went past Gavaskar's record of 11 centuries when he hit his second successive ton against Sri Lanka on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test in Nagpur. Notably, the Delhi batsman had hit a game-changing 104 in the third innings of the first Test against the islanders in Kolkata last week.
Notably, Gavaskar had taken 74 innings to hit 11 centuries, while Kohli reached there in just 48 innings. The latter now has 12 tons from 49 innings as captain. It was also Kohli's 19th Test century with which he has now taken his international tally to 51.
Ponting, Smith's records broken
Meanwhile, Kohli, who has hit 10 international centuries in 2017, broke Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith's record of most number of tons by a captain in a calendar year. The Australia great had hit nine centuries on two occasions (2005 and 2006) while the former South Africa captain hit nine as well in 2005.
Kohli puts India in driver's seat
The Indian captain eased to his ton on the morning session of Day 3 as Sri Lankan bowlers came up with yet another spineless display. Kohli, who resumed on an overnight score of 54, came up with a commanding batting display, partnering with fellow centurion Cheteshwar Pujara.
Kohli hit 13 boundaries and kept the scoreboard ticking as he remained unbeaten on Day 3's Lunch on 123 off just 161 balls. He will now look to convert this into a double ton as India are eyeing a huge lead against the visitors.
After the drawn first Test in Kolkata, Indian bowlers, including comeback man Ishant Sharma who picked up three wickets, bowled out Sri Lanka for 205 on the first day of the ongoing Test.
Even as India lost KL Rahul early, comeback man Murali Vijay and Pujara hit centuries during their 209-run stand. Kohli then combined with the latter and the duo added 183 runs together.
Pujara missed out on a double ton as he was dismissed for 143 at the stroke of Lunch.
Meanwhile, take a look at how Twitterati reacted to Kohli's masterclass on Sunday
Virat Kohli made that century look very easy. A great batsman at the height of his powers against a bowling side that posed no questions.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 26, 2017
@imVkohli masterclass! From Gavaskar to Tendulkar to Dravid to Kohli, have been privileged to see four absolute Indian batting champions. ?— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 26, 2017
Batsman 1: I'll score a century today!— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) November 26, 2017
Batsman 2: I'll score a century today!
Batsman 3: Virat Kohli just scored a century!
India captain @imVkohli has also broken the record of Ricky Ponting (9 in 2005 and 2006) and @GraemeSmith49 (9 in 2005) for the most centuries by a captain in a calendar year! #INDvSL #howzstat pic.twitter.com/IdBaUlVs2R— ICC (@ICC) November 26, 2017
100 for Virat Kohli! But you get the feeling he is just settling in to get a big one. #indvsl— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 26, 2017
Effortless Test hundreds from Virat Kohli in last 15 months... Antigua vs Windies, Hyderabad vs Bangladesh, Nagpur vs SLanka. The first two were double tons. Another one on a platter here... easy peasy!!! #IndvSL— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) November 26, 2017
@imVkohli, irrepressible, unstoppable. 19 centuries in 62 Tests. Wow!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 26, 2017
Virat Kohli forces us to replace consistency word with Virat consistency in dictionary. #INDvSL— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) November 26, 2017
No 19th! UNSTOPPABLE Virat Kohli ! One of the best conversion rate around the world! #INDvSL— Arjun (@arjunsenthil97) November 26, 2017