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Skipper Kohli sets Test ton record

Virat Kohli on Thursday became the first cricketer to make three Test centuries in his first three innings as captain on the third day of the fourth Test against Australia here. He made an unbeaten 140, his 10th hundred overall, and together with young batsman Lokesh Rahul’s maiden Test ton (110) helped India to 342 for five at stumps. Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (14 not out) was at the crease with Kohli when the play ended for the day Thursday.

India are still 230 runs behind Australia after the hosts posted a huge 572 for seven declared in their first innings. Kohli, elevated to full-time Test captaincy after the sudden retirement of MS Dhoni from the longest format of the game, has been in stupendous form Down Under. The 26-year-old has scored four centuries in four Tests, being the captain in three of them to amass a series aggregate of 639 runs to be second on the most runs list of the series behind Australian counterpart Steven Smith (698).

Kohli also became the highest Indian run getter in a Test series in Australia. Kohli surpassed the earlier record of batting legend Rahul Dravid who scored 619 runs from eight innings in the 2003-04 tour of Australia. The 26-year-old Kohli, who came into this match with an aggregate of 499 runs, has now totalled 639 from seven innings. Australian Greg Chappell had scored a century each in his first two innings as skipper against the West Indies at Brisbane in 1975.
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