In­dian cap­tain reaches the mile­stone in his 105 Test in­nings, the same as his Eng­land coun­ter­part Joe Root.

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the 11th In­dian bats­man to achieve the mile­stone, and that too in front of his home fans, when he reached 25 dur­ing In­dia’s first in­nings.

The leg­endary Su­nil Gavaskar is the quick­est among In­dian bats­men, achiev­ing the dis­tinc­tion in 95 in­nings.

For­mer star opener Viren­der Se­hwag is se­cond at 98 in­nings while Sachin Ten­dulkar is placed third with 103 knocks.

Kohli is also the se­cond quick­est among In­dian bats­men in terms of time. He needed 2,358 days to com­plete the feat after Rahul Dravid’s 2,252 days. Se­hwag is third at 2,464 days.

The In­dia skip­per is also the se­cond youngest to reach the 5,000run mark among In­dian bast­men at 29 years and 27 days. Ten­dulkar tops the list among In­di­ans at 25 years and 301 days.

En­ter­ing the match with 4,975 Test runs to his name, Kohli struck three bound­aries be­fore lunch to be eight short of the mark at the in­ter­val.

He played a bril­liant back­foot drive past point off Lak­mal to get within a run and then drove him for an­other bound­ary past wide mid-off to go past the mark.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing the In­dia skip­per, the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) posted on Twit­ter: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to @imVkohli on pass­ing 5,000 Test runs! He reaches the mile­stone in 105 in­nings - the same num­ber as Eng­land cap­tain @root66!”

Mean­while Sri Lanka fast bowl­ing coach Rumesh Rat­nayake said on Satur­day his side could have been in a bet­ter po­si­tion had chi­na­man bowler Lak­shan San­dakan struck early in the day.

The 26-year-old struck twice in a span of two overs, in­clud­ing the prized scalp of cen­tu­rion Mu­rali Vi­jay (155) and Ajinkya Ra­hane (1) to pull the hosts back in the dy­ing overs of the open­ing day of the third and fi­nal Test at the Feroze­shah Kotla here.

“We miss him (Ran­gana Herath), he is our lead­ing wicket-taker but we had San­dakan in line, so we had to bring him,” the 53-yearold told re­porters dur­ing the end of the first day’s press-con­fer­ence.

“We saw glimpses of what he (San­dakan) can do, but we wished it had come two ses­sions ear­lier,” Rat­nayake added. IANS

In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli .

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