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The Sri Lanka tour of India is in its final stage with the two match test series that will commence on 4th March. While it will be Rohit Sharma’s first Test as full time captain, there is quite a lot of buzz for another momentous occasion. Virat Kohli, who is in search for his 71st international century, will become the 71st international player to play the 100th Test match. Representing one’s country that too in Test cricket is every cricketer’s ultimate dream but to do that 100 times requires special skills. Undoubtedly, Virat Kohli with his incredible talent, hard work and extreme fitness levels deserves to adorn the Indian jersey for the 100th time.

Virat Kohli will be the 12th Indian to join the elite list after Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Kapil, Gavaskar, Vengsarkar, Ganguly, Ishant, Harbhajan and Sehwag. Till date 15 players from England and 13 from Australia have crossed the barrier of 100 Tests.

Virat, in his 99 Test Matches (168 innings), has amassed 7962 runs at an average of 50.39. After 100 Tests, Sachin Tendulkar had the highest average of 57.97, followed closely by Rahul Dravid (57.79) and Ponting(57.71). In terms of runs after 100 Tests, Brian Lara leads the pack with 8916 runs, followed by Sangakkara’s 8651 and Younis’ 8640 runs.

It will be the first time that Mohali will host someone’s 100th Test. Centurion has hosted five 100 capped players while Brisbane and Mumbai have done it 4 times each and Lahore, Sydney and Wellington have done it thrice.

Some other interesting facts related to 100 Test appearance are as under:

Carl Hooper is the only visiting player to play his 1st and 100th test at the same venue. If we look country-wise Joe Root only 3rd visiting player to play his 1st and 100th test in the same country.

While Virat’s fan eagerly wait for his 71st ton, Ricky Ponting remains the only batsman to have scored twin hundreds in his 100th test. Also Joe Root is the only one to have scored a double century.

Root and Buttler first skipper – keeper pair to jointly play their 100th and 50th test. Overall from the same team, the 8th pairs to have played such tests. If we drop the same team conditions, then 15th such pair.

By Staff

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