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3 things Virat Kohli has already achieved in Tests that Sachin Tendulkar couldn't

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10.07K   //    13 Jan 2019, 17:00 IST

With the retirement of Tendulkar, Virat Kohli has carried the legacy forward
With the retirement of Tendulkar, Virat Kohli has carried the legacy forward

Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played Test Cricket. In a career spanning almost a quarter of a century, the 'Little Master' took Test cricket to statistically new heights, unmatched till today.

When Tendulkar bowed out of the game in the year 2013, he retired as the leading run-getter, and the highest century maker in the longest format of the game, and in all probability, those two monumental records might never be breached.

With the retirement of Tendulkar, Virat Kohli has carried the legacy forward. The batting dynamite has plundered runs at will, against every opposition, and in all conditions.

Kohli is fulcrum of the current Indian batting line up, just like how Tendulkar was, to his.

In this article, let us look at 3 things that Kohli has already achieved in his Test career that Tendulkar couldn’t.

#3 Two hundreds in the same Test

There have been only 4 Indian batsmen who have scored 2 hundreds in the same test, and Virat Kohli is one of them.
There have been only 4 Indian batsmen who have scored 2 hundreds in the same test, and Virat Kohli is one of them.

Tendulkar played a staggering 200 Tests over 24 years, dominated bowling attacks, made the ball obey his command, and shattered records at will.

Yet, he could never manage to score 2 hundreds in the same Test.

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In fact, there have been only 4 Indian batsmen who have scored 2 hundreds in the same test, and Kohli is one of them.

In the Adelaide Test against Australia in the year 2014, Kohli smashed 115 in the first innings, and followed it up with a splendid, counter attacking 141 in the second.

#2 500 Runs in a Test series

Kohli has played just 25 Test Series, and has already scored 500 runs or more in a test Series 4 times.
Kohli has played just 25 Test Series, and has already scored 500 runs or more in a test Series 4 times.

Sachin Tendulkar played in a colossal 74 Test series in his illustrious career, but not once could the master manage to score 500 runs in a Test series.

The closest that Tendulkar came was, when he scored 493 runs in the 2007-2008 Test Series against Australia including 2 hundreds and 2 fifties.

Kohli, on the other hand, has played just 25 Test series, and has already scored 500 runs or more in a Test Series 4 times.

In the 2014-15 tour of Australia, Kohli plundered a colossal 692 runs including 4 hundreds at an astounding average of 86.50.

Then, in the home series against England, Kohli scored 655 runs, at an average of 109.17 that included a magnificent 235.

Then, in the 2017-18 series against Sri Lanka at home, Kohli scored 610 runs at an average of 152.50, including an amazing 243.

Then, last year, during India’s tour of England, Kohli again scored 593 runs, including 2 hundreds and 3 fifties.

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