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Virat Kohli completes 8,000 runs in Test cricket; 6th Indian batsman to achieve the feat, see full list

Virat Kohli completes 8,000 runs in Test cricket;  6th Indian batsman to achieve the feat, see full list

His milestone came against Sri Lanka in the first test match here at PCA IS Bindra Stadium.

Virat Kohli joins legends like Sachin Tendulkar (15,921), Rahul Dravid (13,288), Sunil Gavaskar (10,122), VVS Laxman (8,781) and Virender Sehwag (8,586) who have amassed 8,000 or more runs in testing of cricket for India.

Virat Kohli hit 27 centuries and 28 half-centuries en route to his 8,000 runs in the game’s longer format with the highest score of 254 steps out. Kohli started the game at 7926 points with an average of 50.3, but couldn’t start and make a hundred as he was out for 45.

Earlier, Kohli, who is playing his 100th Test match on Friday, said generations to come will be happy he reached the landmark in the “purest format”.

Kohli achieved the feat in the first Test of the two-match series against Sri Lanka on Friday here in Mohali, Punjab.

The Indian striker was congratulated by head coach Rahul Dravid before the start of the play where Kohli’s wife and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma was also in attendance.

“It’s well deserved, well deserved, and I hope this is just the start of a lot to come. As they say in the locker room, double it,” Dravid said.

Expressing his joy at the achievement, Kohli said, “It’s a special moment for me. My wife is here and so is my brother. Everyone is very proud. It is indeed a team game and that would not have been possible without you. Thanks also to the BCCI.

“In cricket today, with the amount we play with three formats and an IPL, what the next generation can take away from me is that I played 100 matches in the purest format,” he said. -he adds.

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