Indian skipper Virat Kohli shut down his critics with his batting, as he went on to score his 21st Test century in the first innings of the second Test match at Centurion on Monday. In the process, Kohli also equalled West Indian great Brian Lara’s record of 53 tons.
Kohli now has 32 ODI and 21 Test centuries in his international career. With 53 tons to their credit, Kohli along with Briana Lara is now seventh in the list of players with maximum number of centuries.
The 29-year-old cricketer, who is hailed as a batting genius and one of the best in business, already has many batting records to his credit. And now if he manages to score one more century in this series, he will equal the record of Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene, who has 54 tons from 654 matches to his name.
Earlier, South Africa scored 335 runs in their first innings, following which the visitors lost five wickets for 183 runs at the end of the second.
On third day, Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli came in to bat but soon Pandya was back into the pavilion, falling short of the crease. After Pandya ‘s departure, spin wizard Ravichandran Ashwin joined the skipper and till the filing of this report, India had scored 233 runs for six with R Ashwin (23 batting) and Virat Kohli (104 batting) at the crease.