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Second Test against New Zealand: Can Kohli break Ponting’s ‘huge’ record?

Highlights:

  • Kohli did not play in the first Test against New Zealand, Ajinkya Rahane replaced
  • Virat Kohli hasn’t scored a century in any one format for more than two years
  • Kohli last scored a century in the Day-Night Test against Bangladesh in November 2019

Captain Virat Kohli has returned to the team for the second Test against New Zealand starting on Friday. The second test between India and New Zealand will be played in Mumbai. Kohli took a break from the three-match T20I series against New Zealand and the first Test and has now joined the team from the second Test.

In the Mumbai Test, Kohli has a chance to break the record of the legendary Australian captain Ricky Ponting. The 33-year-old Kohli has so far scored 70 centuries in all three formats, including 41 as captain. Kohli is just one century away from breaking Ricky Ponting’s record. Ponting and Kohli are currently joint-toppers with 41-41 centuries as captain.

Kohli hasn’t scored a century in more than two years
However, Kohli has not been in form for some time now. Kohli has not scored a century in any one format for more than two years. He last scored a century in the Day-Night Test against Bangladesh in November 2019. He has played 56 innings since then but failed to score a century. Kohli is now the captain of the ODI and Test teams. He has resigned from the captaincy of the T20 team after the T20 World Cup.

Kohli’s record remained strong at Wankhede Stadium
But Kohli’s record at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has been quite good. He has scored 433 runs in Tests at an average of 72.16, including one century and three half-centuries. Wankhede Stadium ranks third in the number of runs scored by Kohli in a stadium. Kohli has scored 509 runs with four centuries in four Tests at the Adelaide Oval in Australia where he averages 63.62. He has scored 467 runs in three Test matches at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi at an average of 77.83, including a century.

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