Kohli surpasses Ponting, becomes captain with 2nd highest number of Test tons

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 23, 2019 14:29 hrs
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Team India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday surpassed legendary Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting yet again, during the second day of the historic D/N Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. 

Kohli needed to register just one more ton in order to overtake Ponting as the captain with the second highest number of centuries in the longest format of the game. 

This was due to the 31-year-old being tied with the legendary Aussie in the list on 19 centuries, with former South African captain Graeme Smith on top after completing 25 Test tons. 

Kohli who started the second day's play on 59 attempted to score runs in an aggressive yet sensible manner. The Team India skipper stitched a vital partnership with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane initially before continuing the surge despite the dismissal of the latter. 

Kohli eventually reached the three-figure mark with a double drawing loud applause and appreciation from the audience who looked on in delight. Earlier on Day 1, the 31-year-old had become the first Indian skipper to score 5000 Test runs, when he reached a score of 32, further emerging as the fastest captain ever to reach the milestone.