Virat Kohli 
Virat Kohli 

Virat Kohli gets 27th Test ton; breaks Ricky Ponting’s record

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With his 20th Test hundred as skipper, Virat Kohli went past Ricky Ponting's tally of 19 centuries as captain.

Virat Kohli has marked his 27th Test century on Day Two of the iconic day-night Test between India and Bangladesh in Kolkata on Saturday.

Kohli moved from his overnight score of 59 to record another Test century and acknowledged a standing ovation from the Eden Gardens crowd. Kohli put on 99 runs with Ajinkya Rahane, who made 51, to pulverise Bangladesh, who were bowled out for 106 in what is also their first pink ball Test.

This is Kohli’s 70th international test century and 25th century as a captain. With this feat, Indian captain has broken the record of former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting’s tally of 19 test centuries as captain. Moreover, Kohli became the first Indian skipper to go past the 5000-run mark in the longest format of the game on Friday.

Virat Kohli, the first Indian to score a hundred in day-night Tests, now has 41 hundreds in 188 innings across formats as captain. He is now at the top of the list alongside Ponting, who did so in 376 innings.

Kohli equalled Sachin Tendulkar to become the second-fastest (141 innings) to 27 Test centuries. The 31-year-old also became the fastest (439 innings) to 70 international hundreds. He is followed by Tendulkar who reached 70 tons in 505 innings followed by Ponting who took 649 innings.