Virat Kohli: His Test cricket journey so far
India will be taking on the England cricket team in the second of the five-match Test series at Vizag on Thursday. While the match is expected to be an exciting one as both the teams look evenly poised, the fans will be looking forward to a special performance from Indian skipper Virat Kohli, for he will be playing the 50th Test match of his career.
He will become only the 28th Indian cricketer to achieve this feat when he steps on to the field tomorrow.
For a man who broke into the international arena after leading the Indian under-19 side to World Cup in 2008, the journey towards breaking into the Indian Test team wasn't an easy one as the team boasted some of the greats of the game like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag back then.
However, the dashing right-hander never let down his confidence as he continued to pile up runs in the limited formats of the game and even did well in the first-class matches. The aggressive yet balanced cricketer finally broke into the Test side in 2011. The man might not have a great journey into his 50th Test match, but it surely is a respectable one.
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Kohli made his debut on 20th June 2011 against West Indies at Sabina Park in West Indies. He didn't have a great debut as the right-hander managed scores of just 4 and 15 in the two innings. He failed to make a mark in the series and ended up with just 56 runs in two matches. A failure to impress in the debut series saw Kohli being dropped for the subsequent Test series against England.
However, the selectors couldn't keep him off for a long time as his run-fest in the limited formats earned him a Test recall in the same year. Kohli, slowly yet steadily, was making a mark.
The batsman, at the end of his tenth Test match, had two centuries and four half-centuries under his belt, with the notable one being his Test century against Australia at Adelaide in 2012.