The second match of the Test series between India and West Indies was a record breaker. This was also the 100th Test match between the two teams. A total of 6 records were broken in this match, 5 of which were made by Virat Kohli and one by Rohit Sharma.
Kohli Became The 10th Player To Play 500 International Matches
India’s batsman Virat Kohli has achieved a unique feat as soon as the Test match against West Indies begins. He became the 10th player in the world to play 500 international matches in all three formats. Apart from 111 Tests, Kohli has also played 274 ODIs and 115 T20Is. Before the 34-year-old Virat, only 6 batsmen and 3 all-rounders managed to play more than 500 international matches.
Kohli Became the First Cricketer to Score a Century in 500th International Match
Kohli became the first cricketer in the world to score a century in his 500th career match. He played an innings of 121 runs. Not only this, Kohli also became the highest run scorer in the 500th match. Nine players before him managed to reach the 500-match record, but none scored a half-century in his 500th match. Before Kohli, Kumar Sangakkara scored the highest 48 runs in the 500th match. The Sri Lankan batsman played this innings in an ODI against Bangladesh in March 2013.
Most Centuries in 500 Matches, Surpassing Sachin Tendulkar
Kohli became the batsman with most centuries in 500 international matches. He broke the record of legend Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli scored his 76th career century. Sachin Tendulkar scored 75 centuries in 500 matches. Only Sachin Tendulkar (100 centuries) has scored more centuries in international cricket than Virat. For this he played 664 international matches.
Virat Was Included in the Top-5 Scorers of International Cricket
On the first day of this Test, Virat Kohli returned unbeaten scoring 87 runs. Kohli scored 25,548th run on this day. With this, he became the fifth highest run-scorer in international cricket. Kohli has surpassed veteran South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis. Kallis has 25,534 runs in 519 matches.
Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene is ahead of Kohli at number four with 25,957 runs in 652 matches. The record for most runs is held by Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 34,357 runs.
Scored 12th International Century Against West Indies, Equaling Kallis
Virat Kohli also created a record in terms of scoring a century against the West Indies. Virat scored his 12th international century in all three formats against the Windies, equaling South Africa’s legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis. Sunil Gavaskar holds the record for most centuries against West Indies in international cricket. Gavaskar has scored 13 centuries against West Indies.
Rohit is the Fastest Indian Opener to Score 2000 Test Runs
In the first innings, Rohit Sharma completed 2000 runs as an opener in Test cricket. He reached this point in just 40 innings. Rohit has equaled Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag among Indian openers to do so in the fewest innings. Both the batsmen completed 2000 runs after opening in 40 innings each.
Kohli’s historic Test against West Indies witnessed 6 remarkable records – 5 by Kohli and 1 by Rohit. Kohli became the 10th player to play 500 international matches, scored a century in his 500th match, surpassed Sachin’s century record, and entered the top-5 run scorers. Meanwhile, Rohit became the fastest Indian opener to reach 2000 Test runs.