India vs West Indies: On Thursday, July 20, against the West Indies in Trinidad, former Indian captain Virat Kohli scored a half-century in his 500th international cricket match. This accomplishment was made by Virat Kohli during the second and final Test of the current two-match series.
India vs West Indies
At Queen’s Park Oval, the team led by Rohit Sharma was instructed to bat first after losing the toss. In the first innings, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma put up a 139-run partnership for the first wicket. However, on the first day’s second session, the visitors lost four wickets in short succession.
Then, to put India back on track, Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja (36* off 84) produced an unbroken 106 for the fifth wicket. At 288/4, they were out for the day. With a cover drive off Jomel Warrican for four, the former reached his fifty.
The 34-year-old also broke Virender Sehwag’s record during his innings, moving him up to No. 5 on the list of Indian hitters with the most Test cricket runs. The right-handed batsman started the day with a 32-run deficit to Sehwag’s 8586-run total. Later, he surpassed the 8625 runs scored in Test matches by veteran Australian opener Matthew Hayden.
Kohli is now ranked 24th among Test cricket batsmen with the most runs. Only Sachin Tendulkar (15,921 runs in 200 Test matches), current coach Rahul Dravid (13288 runs in 164 Test matches), Sunil Gavaskar (10122 runs in 125 matches), and VVS Laxman (8781 runs in 134 Test matches) are Indian players who have scored more runs than Kohli.
In the meantime, the star Indian batsman moved up to No. 5 on the list of batters with the most runs in international cricket after surpassing South African veteran Jacques Kallis’ total of 25,534.
Most International Runs
Here is the list of the Most International Runs:
No. 4 batter in Test cricket with the most runs
West Indies playing XI
Here are the details of the West Indies Squad:
Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kirk McKenzie, Alick Athanaze, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach
Kevin Sinclair, Rahkeem Cornwall
India Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mukesh Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Jaydev Unadkat
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Srikar Bharat, Axar Patel, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur
Can Kohli end his century drought away from home? India vs West Indies
With eight fours in his determined innings on Thursday in Trinidad, Kohli now only needs 13 runs to reach 100. He won’t score a Test century since December 2018 if he does so on Day 2 of the Test match.
In December 2018 against Australia in Perth, the former India skipper hit 123 off 257 balls in India’s first innings, which was his previous overseas century. However, the hosts ultimately lost the Test by 146 runs.