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Friday, July 28, 2017

Virat Kohli completes 1,000 runs as India cricket team captain in overseas Tests Friday July 28,2017

Virat Kohli finished the day unbeaten on 76 as India established full control against Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli is turning to be Indian cricket’s new milestone man. 

With almost every innings, he is improving his personal records. 

During his sweetly hit half-century in the second inning of the opening Test at the Galle International Stadium on Friday July 28,2017, he completed 1000 runs in Tests as captain outside India

It is a record he will be most proud of, and that is mainly on two counts. 

First, it’s how well you play away from home that determines your rating as a batsman. It also shows he is thriving in the responsibility of leadership than feel burdened by it.

The knock was also important for Kohli because he was one of the two top-order batsmen to miss out in the first innings.

 After getting Kohli out to a bouncer in the first innings, Sri Lanka pace bowler Nuwan Pradeep had spoken about targeting Kohli with the short ball. Surprisingly, they hardly tested the Indian captain with the short stuff in the second essay.

One reason could be that the first innings effort had taken a toll on the Sri Lankan pace bowlers.

 As a result, the battle everyone was waiting for didn’t materialise. Kohli was at his fluent best, his feet were moving well, and be it the forward stretch or the backfoot punch, the ball was hitting the sweet spot.

When Pradeep came on for his second spell, Kohli greeted him with back-to-back fours, first a trademark cover drive before tucking the next ball to square leg. Pradeep’s figures read 35 runs in six wicketless overs.
With the fifty, Kohli had stretched India’s lead to 446

After 17th Test ton, Virat Kohli the only batsman to average over 50 in all formats

Virat Kohli scored 103 not out in the innings before declaring when the team score was 240 for three. It eventually gave Lanka a target of 550 in the final innings of the match.
Virat Kohli has played 58 Test matches, hitting 4603 runs and averaging 50.03. In 50-overs cricket, he has played 189 matches, making 8257 runs at an average of 54.68 and in T20Is, he has played 49 games, making 1748 runs at an average of 52.96. 

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