Mohammed Amir congratulates Virat Kohli for completing 6000 Test runs
Overall, Virat Kohli is the ninth fastest to the milestone of 6000 Test runs.
Published - Sep 1, 2018 10:02 pm | Updated - Sep 1, 2018 10:02 pm
Virat Kohli eclipsed yet another milestone and became the second fastest Indian to surpass the 6000-run mark in the Tests. He achieved the feat in his 70th Test and 119th innings during the ongoing fourth Test against the Three Lions in Southampton. As stylish as the man, Kohli reached the milestone with a boundary off James Anderson.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar tops the charts reaching the mark in as many as just 65 Tests (117 innings). Making his debut in 1971, it took Gavaskar precisely 9 years and 323 days to reach 6000 runs in the whites. Kohli stands second in the list of Indians which also includes Virender Sehwag (72 Tests, 123 innings), Rahul Dravid (73 Tests, 125 innings) and Sachin Tendulkar (76 Tests, 120 innings).
After achieving the feat, later in the day, Kohli was greeted with a warm gesture, being treated pastries and strawberries by the hotel in Southampton where the Indian team is staying. Kohli took to Twitter to share a picture of the cakes and the generosity exhibited by the staff, and acknowledging their efforts, he wrote “great hospitality.”
Commenting on the tweet and lauding the Indian skipper for entering the record books, Pakistani quick Mohammad Amir took to social media and wrote, “Congrats brother keep going.”
You can see the thread here
Congrats brother keep going👍👍👍
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) September 1, 2018
Where is he in the all-time list?
Generations have passed by but Australian legend Don Bradman remains the fastest to 6000 Test runs (45 Tests and 68 innings) followed by Garfield Sobers (65 Tests and 111 innings). Steve Smith, who has been banned for a year over his role in the ball-tampering scandal, is the third fastest, reaching the landmark in 61 Tests and 111 innings.
Overall, Virat Kohli is the ninth fastest to the milestone of 6000 Test runs. Interestingly, the Indian captain took only 14 innings to reach the landmark after crossing 5000 runs in his already illustrious Test career. However, he will currently be hoping to continue in the same vein and win the Test series against England.
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