Virat Kohli's 10 international hundreds in a calendar year is the most by any captain    AFP
Virat Kohli’s 10 international hundreds in a calendar year is the most by any captain AFP

“What we’re seeing is potentially one of, if not the best batsman that the game has ever seen,” Ricky Ponting hailed Steven Smith after his incredible hundred at Gabba. A little while later, thousands of miles away, in Nagpur, Virat Kohli walked out. Kevin Pietersen was quick to tweet, “Kohli bats. I watch.”

Smith and Kohli have redefined batsmanship. Smith can easily be called the best Test batsman, whereas Kohli, the only man to average in excess of 50 across formats, is the best batsman in the game. An awesome era for batters, isn’t it?

Kohli etched his 19th Test hundred at Nagpur against Sri Lanka on Sunday. And with it came a legion of records. Let us glance at few of them.

Kohli goes past Gavaskar

Kohli now has the most hundreds by an Indian captain. Sunil Gavaskar’s tally, after 47 Tests as a captain, read 11. Kohli has now belted 12. The list is followed by Mohammad Azharuddin (9 from 47 Tests) and Sachin Tendulkar (7 from 25 Tests).

In the overall list of the most hundreds as captain, Kohli has equalled Alastair Cook. The list is headed by Graeme Smith who has 25 hundreds as captain, followed by Ponting (19), Allan Border (15), Steve Waugh (15), Don Bradman (14), Michael Clarke (14), Mahela Jayawardene (14), Brian Lara (14), Clive Lloyd (14), Greg Chappell (13) and Smith (13).

Kohli edges out Gavaskar, again

Kohli now has the most 150-plus scores as Indian captain. He has six, while Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin had five each.

Kohli, who slammed a hundred in the first Test, had surpassed the tally of Dilip Vengsarkar and VVS Laxman. With 19 hundreds, he is behind Tendulkar (51), Rahul Dravid (36), Gavaskar (34), Virender Sehwag (23) and Azharuddin (22).

Virat Kohli slams 19th Test hundred; India's lead against Sri Lanka extends to 167
Virat Kohli slams 19th Test hundred; India's lead against Sri Lanka extends to 167

Kohli could, Bradman could not

He may be still behind in the ladder but has the best conversion rates for fifty-plus scores to hundreds as captain. Kohli has converted 12 out of his 16 fifty-plus scores to centuries, which scaled up his conversion rate to 75 per cent. The men who follow him in this chart are Bradman and Clarke. Both men have 14 hundreds from 21 fifty-plus scores, making their conversion rate 66.67 per cent.

Kohli leaves behind Ponting and Smith

Kohli now has 10 international centuries in 2017. The alarming bit is that he still has few games to play. He now has surpassed Ponting and Graeme Smith. Ponting scored nine centuries in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Meanwhile, Graeme did the same in 2005.

Kapil’s record

Statistician Umang Pabari notes, when Kohli crossed 163, he registered the highest score against Sri Lanka as Indian captain. The previous best was held by Kapil Dev.

5 double hundreds, all against different nations

Kohli slammed his fifth double century on Sunday. Interestingly, all have come against different countries (West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). He departed for 213.

Joint most by a captain in Tests

Kohli has now matched former West Indies skipper Lara in terms of double hundreds as captain.

Joint second-most by an Indian

Kohli is only behind Sehwag and Tendulkar in terms of most double hundreds by an Indian (6). He is tied with Dravid at 5.