Kohli became the first player to reach three figures in Test cricket at the new Perth Stadium, and celebrated in unique fashion as the swelling crowd showered him with applause.
Virat Kohli scored his 25th Test century on Sunday morning, Day 3 of the second Test, thus becoming the first player to reach three figures in Test cricket at the newly-made Perth Optus Stadium, and celebrated in unique fashion as the swelling crowd showered him with applause.
After he confidently bunted Australia spearhead Mitchell Starc down the ground to bring up his hundred, Kohli removed his helmet, put it on the ground, pointed to his bat then mimicked talking with his glove, as if to indicate that his bat has “done all the talking”.
Watch the video of the occasion, right here (courtesy of Fox Cricket):
Kohli had gone eight Test innings against Australia without reaching 50, but that drought was snapped in imperious fashion across days two and three in Perth, also to become the first Asian cricketer to score 100s across South African, English and Australian venues in the same calendar year.
The 30-year-old was made to work for his seventh Test century against Australia. He brought up three figures from 214 balls, the second slowest of his career behind the hundred he scored against England in Nagpur in 2012.
Kohli also joins an elite group of visiting batsmen who have scored six Test centuries on Australian soil, alongside England trio Jack Hobbs (nine centuries), Wally Hammond (seven), Herbert Sutcliffe (six) and his boyhood hero Sachin Tendulkar (six).
He is thus the Indian with a shared record most Test hundreds in Australia, and also the second-fastest ever to the milestone of 25 Test hundreds, behind the legend himself, Sir Don Bradman who completed the feat in 68 innings as opposed to Kohli’s 127.
Virat also climbed up the ladder to No.3 in the list of Test captains with most hundreds, scoring his 18th ton in the role. Ponting (19) and Graeme Smith (25) are the ones ahead of him.
Kohli eventually departed at 123 (257 balls, 13 fours, 1 six) at 251/6. India lost another wicket in Mohammad Shami immediately, and are now at 252/7 as both sides have left for lunch break. India are now trailing 74 runs behind, with 3 wickets in hand and Rishabh Pant being the last-standing recognized batsman.