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Stats: Virat Kohli completes 400 runs in the Test series in England

Kohli has been raising his standards in the longer format ever since he became the Indian captain.

India captain Virat Kohli
Indian captain Virat Kohli. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli has been conquering all possible records as the Indian captain in the Test format. He struck twin half-centuries in the ongoing Nottingham Test as India race towards setting a big 500+ target in front of the hosts. Kohli has been raising his standards in the longer format ever since he became the Indian captain in 2014/15 series in Australia. As a result, he was successful in erasing the nightmare of 2014 England tour where he had scored just 134 runs across ten innings.

Virat made those runs in the first innings of the 5-match Test series this year scoring 149 and followed it with a half-century in the Birmingham Test. He recorded low scores in the Lord’s Test which they lost by an innings before bouncing back with a 97-run knock on the first day at Trent Bridge. Kohli bettered it by scoring his 2nd century on the tour reaching the milestone shortly after the Tea interval. The Indian skipper now has 430 runs in this series with two more games still to be played.

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His tally of 430* runs in this series is the highest for an Indian captain in a Test series in England. In this process, Kohli surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 426 runs in the 1990 series. Azhar got those in five innings with two centuries during the 3-match series in 1990 to become the first Indian skipper with 400+ runs in a Test series in England. Kohli became the 2nd skipper to have produced 400+ runs after Azharuddin.

Other than these two, only three players have scored more than 300 runs while leading India in a Test series in England. Kohli, in fact, holds the record for most runs as an Indian captain in a Test series in Australia and South Africa as well. The current Indian captain scored 449 runs in the two Tests he led the team in the 2014/15 series in Australia. Earlier this year, he made 286 runs in the 3-match Test series in South Africa.

Most runs in a Test series by an Indian captain in England:

(Stats as on August 20, 2018)

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