Indian skipper Virat Kohli struck his 21st century, on Day 3 of the 2nd Test against South Africa being held at Centurion, SuperSport Park. In the 67th over, the Delhi cricketer worked the first ball of debutant Lungi Ngidi’s 12th over towards mid-on to reach what was his second century on the South African soil. With this century, amongst Indians, he is now behind batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar (51), Rahul Dravid (36), Sunil Gavaskar (34), Virender Sehwag (23) and Mohammad Azharuddin (22).
When India toured South Africa in 2013, Kohli had got his campaign off to a brilliant start by hammering 119 and 96 runs respectively at Johannesburg. He followed it with scores of 46, 11 and on this tour at Cape Town made 5 and 28.
Kohli reached his century off 146 balls with ten boundaries. With the stupendous ton, Kohli became the second Indian captain after Sachin Tendulkar to hit a Test century in South Africa. Kohli did not have a memorable outing in the first Test, where he scored 5 and 28 runs respectively.
Kohli was the lone fighter after a wobbly Day 2 for the visiting team. It was tough going for both batsmen and bowlers on a slow pitch on a hot day. The Indian skipper was saved by a faint inside edge on a ball from debutant Lungi Ngidi late in the day which was crashing into his stumps.
Earlier in 2017, Kohli had equalled Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 11 international hundreds in a year. As a skipper, he also had surpassed Brian Lara’s record of five Test double tons last year.
Kohli is considered as one of the best batsmen in the modern era. His contemporary Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root all are legends in making but out of them, Kohli is the performer across formats.