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5 lesser known records Virat Kohli created in Indian colours

Here are the five lesser-known records that Virat Kohli has created while playing for India.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Virat Kohli’s consistency across all formats is unmatchable for any player as he scores at a similar rate in all three International formats. At the age of 31, Virat has bagged numerous batting records, a lot of them, especially in the last three years.

From being a key player of the ODI team in starting stages of his career, Kohli emerged as India’s best batsman and also the captain in all formats. Earlier this year, Kohli became India’s most successful Test skipper and is set for bigger records before turning 32.

Here are the five lesser-known records that Virat Kohli has created while playing for India:

5. Fastest fifty in Youth Test cricket:

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

Virat Kohli set a record for the fastest ODI century by an Indian in 2013 against Australia but in 2007, Kohli recorded the fastest recorded fifty in Youth Test history by any player in the World. During the Test against Sri Lanka, Virat raced to fifty in only 32 balls in the game hosted by Kandy. His knock ensured India accelerated in the last session on the first day for an early declaration.

Kohli shared an unbeaten 76-run stand in only 4.4 overs with Saurabh Tiwary (36* off 11 balls) for the 4th wicket as India reached 491/3 in 83 overs after electing to bat first. Virat remained unbeaten on 94 in only 51 balls before skipper Tanmay Srivastava declared the innings to give Sri Lanka a chance to bat for a few overs before the stumps.

If not for the declaration, Kohli would have owned the record for fastest known Test ton in Youth cricket. The record is held by Moeen Ali who completed his ton in only 56 balls during a Youth Test in 2005 also against the Lankans. Earlier in 2017, India’s Riyan Parag came close to Kohli’s record of fastest Youth Test fifty as he got a 33-ball fifty against England before he got dismissed.

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