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Virat Kohli breaks Mohammad Azharuddin’s record for enforcing most follow-ons

On the previous seven occasions Virat Kohli enforced follow-on, India won five times while the other two times ended in a draw.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: October 21, 2019 4:27:27 pm
Virat Kohli has forced more follow-on than any other Indian captain (Source: AP)

As Indian bowlers ploughed through South Africa’s batting line-up on Day Three of the third Test at JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi on Monday, Virat Kohli got another record to his name. The Indian captain broke Mohammad Azharuddin’s record for being the Indian skipper who has enforced the most number of follow ons.

Kohli has enforced eight follow-ons in his career, including two in the ongoing Test series. He beat Azharuddin’s record of seven matches. MS Dhoni has five to his name and Sourav Ganguly has four.

South Africa were asked to follow on in both the second and the third Test, making it the first instance of the team having to follow on in two consecutive Tests in 18 years. Australia were the last team to ask South Africa to follow-on.

This is also the first time in 26 years that India have enforced a follow on in two consecutive Tests. It last took place against Sri Lanka in a home series.

On the seven previous occasions that Kohli enforced a follow on, India won five times while the match ended in a draw the other two times.

South Africa managed to score only 162 in their first inning of the third Test. Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets whereas Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Shahbaz Nadeem picked two wickets each.

Only three Proteas batsmen managed to register double-digit scores. Zubayr Hamza scored his maiden Test half-century but got out for a duck in the second innings. Debutant George Linde and Temba Bavuma scored 37 and 32 respectively. Bavuma failed to make a mark in the second innings as he bagged a three-ball duck.

The Faf du Plessis-led side faces a defeat by an inning after losing a flurry of wickets in the second innings.

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