In the process Virat also went past Pakistan legend Inzamam-ul-Haq during Day 2 of the second Test against South Africa at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
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Kohli hit South Africa pacer Vernon Philander for a boundary to get to his 26th Test century and surpassed Inzamam’s 25-century mark in style.
Kohli also now has 19 Test centuries as India captain. The Indian skipper removed his helmet, raised his arms and soaked in the applause from the crowd.
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Inzamam scored 25 centuries in 120 Tests (200 innings), while Kohli brought up his 26th Test ton in his 81st Test (138th innings).
Kohli, who took over the Test captaincy from MS Dhoni in 2014, also became the first Indian to score 40 international centuries as skipper. Ricky Ponting has the most international hundreds as a captain.
With 26 Test tons, Kohli has now joined the likes of West Indies legend Gary Sobers and Australia’s Steve Smith on the list of most Test centuries.
Sachin Tendulkar is sitting on top of the elite list with 51 centuries to his name. Tendulkar played 200 Tests (329 innings) and scored 15921 runs at an average of 53.78.
With this knock, the 30-year-old also went past former cricketer Dilip Vengasarkar in the run-scoring chart. Vengasarkar had 6,868 runs to his credit. He is now at the 53rd position in the all-time list of leading run-scorers in Tests.
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There are three Indian batsmen in the top 10 of the most Test centuries list.