New Delhi: Ace India skipper Virat Kohli has added a fresh feather into his already illustrious cap as he slammed a blazing ton on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday.
Kohli slammed his 19th Test ton off just 139 deliveries against a hapless Lankan bowling attack to surpass legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar in the list of most Test centuries by an Indian captain.
The Nagpur ton is Kohli's 12th as skipper in the longest format of the game, one more than Gavaskar. Mohammed Azharuddin is next on the list with 9 centuries, followed by Tendulkar who had 7. MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly and MAK Patuadi had all scored 5 centuries in Test matches they had captained.
Most Test centuries as India captain: -
1. Kohli: 12
2. Gavaskar: 11
3. Azharuddin: 9
4. Tendulkar: 7
5. Dhoni/Ganguly/MAK Pataudi: 5
6. Dravid: 4
Earlier, Kohli equalled Gavaskar's record in the Eden Gardens Test against Sri Lanka, where he slammed a thumping century in the second Indian innings. In the same match, Kolhi also became the first Indian captain to score a duck and a century in the same Test.
However, he still a long way behind some of the legends of the game, when it comes to the worldwide list of most centuries by a skipper in the longest format of the game.
1. Graeme Smith: 25
2. Ricky Ponting: 19
3. Allan Border: 15
4. Steve Waugh: 15
5. Don Bradman: 14
6. Michael Clarke: 14
7. Mahela Jayawardene: 14
8. Brian Lara: 14
9. Clive Lloyd: 14
10. Greg Chappell: 13
11. Steve Smith: 13
12. Alastair Cook: 12
13. Virat Kohli: 12
Overall (all formats), Kohli has 22 International centuries as captain in 99 innings, behind South African Graeme Smith's 41 (368 innings) and Aussie great Ricky Ponting's feat of 41 (376 innings).
With the help of this latest century, Kohli also became the captain ever to score 10 tons across formats in a calendar year. Kohli broke the record of Ricky Ponting (9 in 2005 and 2006) and Graeme Smith (9 in 2005) to set this latest milestone.