India vs South Africa: ‘Red ball, white ball, now pink ball,’ Michael Vaughan terms Virat Kohli best batsman of the era

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Virat Kohli notched up his 27th Test hundred in the 2nd Test against Bangladesh on Saturday.


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Virat Kohli notched up his 27th Test hundred in the 2nd Test against Bangladesh on Saturday.&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspAP


Key Highlights

  • Virat Kohli slammed his 27th Test century in the ongoing second Test against Bangladesh on Saturday
  • Kohli played a brilliant knock of 136 runs to power India to a big total of 347/9 in the first innings
  • Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to term Virat Kohli the best batsman in the era after his stupendous knock

Virat Kohli was in his elements once again as he notched up his 27th Test century in the ongoing second Test between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens on Saturday. He became the first batsman to score a century for India in pink-ball cricket enroute to his brilliant knock of 136 runs off 194 balls laced with 18 fours. Kohli earned praise from the cricket fraternity for his magnificent knock including former England captain Michael Vaughan. 

Vaughan, who is a huge admirer of Kohli’s batting, took to Twitter to reaffirm his previous claims that the Indian skipper is the best batsman across formats. “Red Ball … White Ball … Now Pink Ball … @imVkohli is the best Batsman across all formats in this era,” Vaughan wrote in a tweet after Kohli’s century against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens which marked his 70th international ton across formats.

Kohli had reached his half-century on Day 1 of the historic pink-ball Test and resumed his innings with Ajinkya Rahane on Day 2 (Saturday). The duo went on to stitch together a 99-run stand for the fourth wicket before Rahane was dismissed on 51 by Taijul Islam. However, Kohli kept ging strong at one end and went on to complete his century with a couple off Islam in the 67th over of India’s innings.

He posted a 53-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja (12) for the 5th wicket before adding 19 runs for the 6th wicket with Wriddhiman Saha. The Indian skipper was dismissed in the 81st over after Islam pulled off a stunning catch on the boundary line off the bowling of Ebadot Hossain. His 135-run knock saw him surpass Ricky Ponting on the list of most Test centuries as captain. 

Kohli now has 20 Test tons as skipper and is only behind former South African skipper Graeme Smith, who has 25 hundreds to his name as captain. The Indian skipper also became the fastest batsman to 70 international tons leaving behind the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Ponting. 

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