Kohli next only to the Don!

Virat Kohli, the latest player to score 25 or more Test hundreds is the second quickest in terms of fewest innings after the great Don Bradman who did it 59 innings fewer than Kohli.

Virat Kohli has now scored 25 Test centuries in 127 innings.   -  Getty Images

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The number of batsmen to register 25 or more Test hundreds. Virat Kohli, the latest player to reach this landmark is the second quickest in terms of fewest innings after the great Don Bradman who did it 59 innings fewer than Kohli.

Fewest innings to reach 25th Test century

Inns

Tests

Batsman

For

50s

90s

Runs

Ave

Achieved on

68

45

Don Bradman

Aus

11

0

6103

98.44

1 Jan 1948

127

75

Virat Kohli

Ind

19

2

6491

54.55

16 Dec 2018

130

82

Sachin Tendulkar

Ind

26

3

6703

57.29

20 Mar 2001

138

79

Sunil Gavaskar

Ind

30

1

6947

53.85

19 Sep 1982

139

78

Matthew Hayden

Aus

23

4

6894

54.28

29 Dec 2005

147

84

Garfield Sobers

WI

27

5

7591

59.77

28 Mar 1972

 

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The number of batsmen to register their 25th Test century before the age of 31 years. Virat Kohli, at 30 years, 41 days, is the third youngest to reach the landmark.

Youngest to reach 25 Test 100s

Yrs

Days

Batsman

For

Achieved on

Tests

Inns

27

230

Sachin Tendulkar

Ind

20 Mar 2001

82

130

28

153

Alastair Cook

Eng

27 May 2013

92

163

30

41

Virat Kohli

Ind

16 Dec 2018

75

127

30

321

Ricky Ponting

Aus

5 Nov 2005

95

156

 

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The number of batsmen to register their 25th Test century inside 10 years from debut. Virat Kohli achieved this landmark in 7 years, 179 days, the second quickest in terms of days, to do so.

Quickest to reach 25 Test 100s (in terms of days)

Yrs

Days

Batsman

For

Achieved on

Tests

Inns

7

87

Alastair Cook

Eng

27 May 2013

92

163

7

179

Virat Kohli

Ind

16 Dec 2018

75

127

9

48

Michael Clarke

Aus

23 Nov 2013

98

166

9

332

Ricky Ponting

Aus

5 Nov 2005

95

156

 

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The number of visiting batsmen to register six or more Test hundreds on Australian soil. Virat Kohli is the latest player to join this elite list.

Six or more centuries by visiting batsmen in Australia

100s

Batsman

For

Tests

Inns

Period

Inns to reach 6th Test 100 in Asia

Achieved in

9

Jack Hobbs

England

24

45

1908 to 1929

28

Dec 1924

7

Walter Hammond

England

19

35

1928 to 1947

17

Feb 1933

6

Herbert Sutcliffe

England

14

25

1924 to 1933

17

Dec 1932

6

Sachin Tendulkar

India

20

38

1991 to 2012

29

Jan 2008

6

Virat Kohli

India

10

20

2011 to 2018

19

Dec 2018

 

Note: Kohli is the third fastest (19 innings) to reach 6 Test 100s in Australia, among visiting batsmen. Sutcliffe and Hammond have done it in 17 innings each.

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The number of innings taken by Virat Kohli to register his 21st Test century while batting at No. 4, during his career. This is now the fewest number of innings taken by any of the five batmen who have made 21 or more Test hundreds at No. 4.

Fewest innings taken to reach 21 Test 100s in Test cricket while batting at #4

Inns

Tests

Batsman

For

50s

90s

Runs

Ave

Achieved on

86

75

Virat Kohli

Ind

10

2

5012

61.88

16 Dec 2018

99

85

Sachin Tendulkar

Ind

20

3

5381

61.85

3 Nov 2001

102

118

Jacques Kallis

SAf

28

4

5902

70.26

4 Apr 2008

115

99

Mahela Jayawardene

SL

21

3

6115

58.24

28 Dec 2008

128

116

Brian Lara

WI

30

3

6726

52.96

26 May 2005

 

Queries Corner

Which player has appeared for most IPL sides? And for which sides?

P Sunil, Kottayam

At the end of the 2018 season, Australian Aaron Finch has the distinction of appearing for seven IPL teams, the most by any player in the competition. The details are as follows:

Year

IPL side

Matches

2010

Rajasthan Royals

1

2011-2012

Delhi Daredevils

8

2013

Pune Warriors India

14

2014

Sunrisers Hyderabad

13

2015

Mumbai Indians

3

2016-2017

Gujarat Lions

26

 

How often has India won the opening Test match of a series in England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand ?

— Arjun Marwah, Surat

India has won the opening Test of a series on six occasions in SENA countries: three times in New Zealand and once each in England, South Africa and now in Australia. Before the ongoing series, India had won the series on three occasions, lost one and drew one, while doing so. The details are provided below:

In 1968 (4 matches) in New Zealand (series won 3-1) in Dunedin by 5 wickets (Feb 1968)

In 1976 (3 matches) in New Zealand (series drawn 1-1) in Auckland by 8 wickets (Jan 1976)

In 1986 (3 matches) in England (series won 2-0) at Lord’s by 5 wickets (June 1986)

In 2006 (3 matches) in South Africa (series lost 1-2) in Johannesburg by 123 runs (Dec 2006)

In 2009 (3 matches) in New Zealand (series won 1-0) in Hamilton by 10 wickets (Mar 2009)

In 2018 (4 matches) in Australia (series in progress 1-1) in Adelaide by 31 runs (Dec 2018)

Australian Marcus Harris, on his Test debut, made identical scores of 26 in each innings. Is this the first time by a debutant?

— S. Kartik, Vellore

This is the first time any Test debutant has made a score of 26 in each innings of his Test debut. However, six other batsmen, on their Test debut, have made higher identical scores in each innings. Here’s the full list:

Don Taylor 36 & 36 for South Africa, Feb 1914

Abid Ali 33 & 33 for India, Dec 1967

Soumya Sarkar 33 & 33 for Bangladesh, Apr 2015

Bernard Tancred 29 & 29 for South Africa, Mar 1889

Arthur Carr 27 & 27 for England, Dec 1922

Mark Ramprakash 27 & 27 for England, Jun 1991

Marcus Harris 26 & 26 for Australia, Dec 2018

Note: For the record, the previous highest scores by an Australian debutant was 16 & 16* by Graham Yallop in Sydney in January 1976.

In the recent Adelaide Test match all 10 Australian batsmen were dismissed ‘caught’ by Indian fielders/wicket-keepers in the second innings. Has this happened before for India?

— Srihari Rao, Visakhapatnam

This is happening for the seventh time for India in Tests — the last one coming nearly 28 years ago in February 1992 also in Australia at the WACA in Perth. Indian fielders have now done this twice against New Zealand and Australia and once each against England, West Indies and Pakistan.

Note: All figures above are updated as on December 20, 2018.