Virat Kohli will look to break the records of former fame greats Sachin Tendulkar and Biran Lara when he takes the field against Australia in the Day-Night Test in Adelaide on December 17th.
Former Indian hitter Sachin Tendulkar (top right), West Indian hitter Brian Lara and India captain Virat Kohli (left) (Reuters images)
- Virat Kohli is close to surpassing the iconic numbers of Tendulkar and Lara
- Sachin Tendulkar’s record is at stake for most of the hundreds of an Indian in Australia
- Virat Kohli will return to India after completing the first Test
Milestones follow India captain Virat Kohli wherever he goes and that’s only natural considering the numbers he has churned out over his more than impressive career. Former gaming greats like Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara have gone through a similar phase in their careers. Who will follow the milestones, if not these Cricket demigods?
Records are made to beat, but sometimes it takes a once in a lifetime player to beat another’s record. Three legendary names are expected to be taken together when India take the field against Australia in the first of 4 games of the test series in Adelaide from 17 December.
Virat Kohli is on the verge of surpassing some magical numbers of two of the greatest hitters ever to walk the face of the earth. Yes, we are talking about none other than Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.
What are the records we are talking about?
* Virat Kohli is only 179 shy of fomer runs West Indies hitter Brian Lara count of 610 runs, the maximum at the Adelaide Oval by a non-Australian player. Brian Lara in his 4 games on the field scored an average of 76.25, hitting 2 cents and as many fifty.
The 32-year-old played 3 games at the Adelaide Oval, scoring 431 runs with an average of 71.83. The right swagger hit the three-digit threshold every time he passed the count of fifty.
* The “God of cricket” Sachin Tendulkar is the Indian with the largest number of tons in Australia. The former number 4 of India has beaten 6 hundred of the 20 games played in the kangaroo nation. Overall, he scored 1,809 points with an average of 53.2.
Virat Kohli has 6 hundred of only 12 test rides in the country. India’s current No. 4 scored 1,274 points and averaged 55.39 across his 12 games. A hundred more would see Kohli break Tendulkar’s record of several hundred by an Indian in Australia.
Virat Kohli is someone who believes in the process of winning games. Winning the first test match for India before flying back to witness the birth of his first child will be his main goal, but overcoming the likes of Tendulkar and Lara is sure to be special for him.