Kolkata: His status as the finest batsman in the world once again underlined, India skipper Virat Kohli smashed his 50th international century, which steered his side to safety in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Kolkata on Monday.
This was Kohli's 18th Test hundred with a six over extra cover off fast bowler Suranga Lakmal and he let out a big roar, going down on his knees to celebrate the moment.
The 28-year-old sits at number eight behind Brian Lara (53), Mahela Jayawardene (54), Hashim Amla (54), Jacques Kallis (62), Kumar Sangakkara (63) Ricky Ponting (71) and the iconic Sachin Tendulkar (100), who is the only cricketer to get 100 international hundreds.
With 18 Test hundreds to his name, Kohli has now pipped Dilip Vengsarkar (17) but is still behind Mohammed Azharuddin (22), Virender Sehwag (23), Sunil Gavaskar (34), Rahul Dravid (36) and Tendulkar (51).
Here's how Twitter reacted to the Indian captain's record-breaking ton.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 20, 2017
The 28-year-old sits at number eight behind Brian Lara (53), Mahela Jayawardene (54), Hashim Amla (54), Jacques Kallis (62), Kumar Sangakkara (63) Ricky Ponting (71) and the iconic Sachin Tendulkar (100), who is the only cricketer to get 100 international hundreds. Kohli's landmark ton drew praises from former cricket players as well as eminent personalities on Twitter.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 20, 2017
In the context of how match transpired, terrific century from @imVkohli. India were in a pickle after poor first session today
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 20, 2017
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 20, 2017
#ViratKohli is not just a great cricketer. He represents the new face of India's youth. Supremely confident, aggressive, driven, focussed, inspired. Risk taker. With an unparalleled belief in himself. In his Nation. In his team. Nothing can stop him. — Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) November 20, 2017
👉50th International Century, Joint Fastest With Hashim Amla (348 Innings)
👉18th Test Century
👉3rd Against Sri Lanka
👉1st At Eden Gardens
👉11th Test Century As Captain, Joint Highest With Sunil Gavaskar
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) November 20, 2017
With inputs from IANS.
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The likes of Manish Pandey and ever-improving Suryakumar Yadav are certain to maintain their places as the duo are the middle-order backbone.
Apart from Iyer, the Mumbai selectors led by former India speedster Salil Ankola have included India regulars like Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Suryakumar Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Prithvi Shaw for the camp.
The BCCI also shared snapshots of the team's bowlers with pacers Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin seen training hard ahead of their warm-up game.