On September 22nd, 2016 – history was made when Virat Kohli‘s troops stepped onto the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. India became only the fourth country to play 500 Test matches after England, Australia, and West Indies. The journey began over 84 years ago on the hallowed turf of Lord’s and has since captivated a billion strong population with its magnitude.
The New Zealand team led by Kane Willamson were on the other side of the fence. Though every narrative demands one, their affable demeanor as well as plucky approach stands in the way of labeling them as the antagonists. Also, the start of a defining home season which should reiterate the stature of Test cricket, the game itself turned out to be an absorbing affair.
Sterling AG have come up with a fitting tribute to India’s 500th Test by releasing a comic book to mark the monumental occasion. Through their exclusive illustrations, we at Sportskeeda, present to you those memorable moments from the match that will be etched in our memories forever.
Just another number, or rather not
Ahead of the opening day, an array of stars lined up at Green Park to be felicitated for their contributions to Indian cricket. With several of the country’s iconic captains watching the proceedings, Kohli got himself off to a great start off the field. On a pitch which was expected to deteriorate rapidly, winning the toss could turn out to be a massive shot in the arm.
At the toss, a pumped-up Kohli admitted, “To be a part of the 500th Test, I couldn't even imagine I'd be captaining it. I am grateful and honored.” Perhaps beneath those reassuring words was a hint of nervousness. No number might be deemed insignificant in cricket, especially for Indians.