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Stats: Captains with centuries in all the 4 innings in Test cricket

Prior to Kohli, 9 Indians have scored centuries in all the four innings in Test cricket but none of them managed to do it while leading the side.

Virat Kohli
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli brought up his 17th century in Test cricket just before he declared the innings to set a 550-run target in front of Sri Lanka in the first Test match of the 3-match series at the Galle. This was Kohli’s maiden hundred in the 3rd innings of a Test match as he possessed a sub standard record batting in this part of the match.

Kohli had managed to score only 4 fifties in the 25 innings before this Test in the 3rd innings and scored 678 runs at just 27 runs per innings while averaging over 45 in the remaining three innings in Tests. With this century, Virat became the first Indian captain to score centuries in all the 4 innings in Test cricket. He is overall the 15th captain to achieve this feat.

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Prior to Kohli, 9 Indians have scored centuries in all the four innings in Test cricket but none of them managed to do it while leading the side. The last among Indian players to score centuries in all 4 Test innings was VVS Laxman.

The most recent entry to the overall list of captains with centuries in all the 4 innings in Tests was Alastair Cook, the England captain, who recently stepped down from his role. From Asia, only Kohli and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene are a part of this 15-men list.

Captains to score centuries in all the 4 innings in Test cricket:

Captains Team 1st innings centuries 2nd innings centuries 3rd innings centuries 4th innings centuries
Sir Donald Bradman Australia 5 3 4 2
Alan Melville South Africa 1 1 1 1
Sir Garry Sobers West Indies 5 1 4 1
Bob Simpson Australia 4 4 1 1
Greg Chappell Australia 4 6 2 1
Sir Viv Richards West Indies 1 2 2 1
Graham Gooch England 3 2 5 2
Mark Taylor Australia 2 1 2 2
Brian Lara West Indies 2 7 3 2
Graeme Smith South Africa 8 9 4 4
Michael Vaughan England 3 2 3 1
Ricky Ponting Australia 8 6 2 3
Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka 6 5 2 1
Alastair Cook England 3 3 5 1
Virat Kohli India 4 4 1 1

Indian players with centuries in all the 4 innings in Tests:

Player 1st innings centuries 2nd innings centuries 3rd innings centuries 4th innings centuries
Vijay Hazare 1 3 2 1
Polly Umrigar 5 5 1 1
Gundappa Viswanath 5 4 4 1
Sunil Gavaskar 11 12 7 4
Dilip Vengsarkar 5 6 5 1
Mohammad Azharuddin 8 8 4 2
Sachin Tendulkar 20 18 10 3
Rahul Dravid 15 15 5 1
VVS Laxman 6 6 4 1
Virat Kohli 5 9 1 2

 

(Stats as on July 29, 2017)

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