XtraTime Web Desk: Virat Kohli is expected to shatter all the existing records in world cricket. The way the run-machine has taken his game to a new altitude, King Kohli is also frightening to break a few records which none would have believed to be broken. Though Sir Donald Bradman’s batting average(99.94) in Test cricket is anyway unthinkable for anyone to break. Here, www.xtratime.in managed to find out three records, which might be impossible to break even for Virat Kohli.
Sachin Tendulkar’s Test Runs – 15921
If Virat Kohli is the new milestone man, the original milestone man was none other than the great Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin’s career which lasted for 24 years was adorned by class, dignity and temperament.
Tendulkar played a mind-boggling 664 International matches in which 200 matches were in the longest format. He also scored 15921 Test runs at 53.68 with a staggering 51 centuries and 68 half centuries.Virat has shown immense consistency in Test Cricket. He has scored over a 1000 runs in 3 consecutive calendar years (2016-18) with 13 centuries including 6 double centuries, making him the only captain to achieve this feat. Virat has scored 6331 Test runs from 73 matches at 54.67 with a total of 24 centuries and 19 half centuries.
Rahul Dravid’s record of facing maximum number of deliveries in Test Cricket
If Sachin Tendulkar was a colossus, then Rahul Dravid was a giant. Dravid’s game was built upon three basic principles: defence, balance and concentration. He would battle it out in the toughest of conditions against quality attacks with a single-minded dedication and still come up with the goods.Some of the innings played by Dravid in Test cricket is a part of the Indian cricket folklore. He scored 13288 runs in 164 matches at 52.31 with 36 centuries and 63 half centuries. The most staggering fact is, he faced 31,258 balls in Test cricket alone which totals adds up to 5210 overs !!!After playing 73 matches and 124 innings, Virat has faced 10,865 balls in Tests. Considering his ability to dominate and demoralize attacks, it is highly unlikely that King Kohli might ever surpass this record as he never plays for draws and only believes in winning.
Ricky Ponting’s record of 100 Test wins
Ricky Ponting needs no introduction to the cricketing world. He was arguably the most successful Australian batsman and a great captain. He made his debut in 1995 and soon established himself as a vital cog in a strong Australian unit that dominated world cricket in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
Virat Kohli is a match-winner and can turn matches on its head with his invincible batting. He has been the reason why India have registered some dominating victories in the recent past. He has been part of 37 Test victories in 73 matches, out of which 24 have come under his captaincy.India may play another 80-90 matches before Kohli may take retirement and it seems a herculean task to win another 64 matches. If it happens, Kohli would arguably be the best ever to have graced Test cricket.