India’s Test captain entered the 3000-run club during the first India-West Indies Test in Antigua on Thursday. Kohli took 73 innings to join the list. To improve the feat, the Indian skipper hit his 12th Test hundred.
The hundred was Kohli’s fifth as Test captain. Earlier, he scored hundreds in Australia and Sri Lanka while leading the side in the five-day format.
Virender Sehwag was the fastest to reach 3000-run mark, and continues to be, as he took only 55 innings to reach there. Other Indians quicker than Kohli are Azharuddin (64), Sunil Gavaskar (66), Gautam Gambhir (66), Rahul Dravid (67), Sachin Tendulkar (67) and Navjot Singh Sidhu (70).
In the longest format, Kohli has hit 12 tons and 12 fifties so far. Kohli’s last 1000 runs were the fastest to come as he took only 20 innings to score those. The first two lots of 1000s came in 27 and 26 innings respectively.
India are currently in West Indies for a four-match Test series which started in Antigua on Thursday. It will be the first proper overseas assignment for Kohli.
He led India in Australia, but it was only after MS Dhoni announced mid-series retirement. Also, the first away tour as captain, to Sri Lanka, was in the subcontinent. This is also Anil Kumble’s first assignment as the head coach of the Indian cricket team.
It’s a long ‘white season’ for India as they are scheduled to play 15 Tests.