Virat Kohli second-fastest Indian to 6000 Test runs
Virat Kohli became the second fastest Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to register 6000 Test runs (Getty Images)

Virat Kohli became the 10th Indian player to bring up 6000 runs in Test cricket. Indian captain Kohli, on Friday, went past the mark during India’s first innings of the fourth Test against England with a streaky boundary towards third man, becoming the second quickest Indian in terms of innings after Sunil Gavaskar. Kohli took 119 innings, just two more than Gavaskar’s 117.

Overall, Kohli is the ninth quickest to the mark.

Walking in at the fall of Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket at 50/2, Kohli, who got off the mark with a second-ball cover drive for four off Stuart Broad, took 11 balls to get there. Overall, Kohli became the 10th leading run-scorer for India in Test. The list is led by Sachin Tendulkar with 15921 runs. The time span Kohli has taken to go from 5000 to 6000 Test is only eight months and seven Tests. He breezed past 5000 runs in December last year during the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at home.

Player Matches Runs Highest score
Sachin Tendulkar 200 15921 248*
Rahul Dravid 163 13265 270
Sunil Gavaskar 125 10122 236*
VVS Laxman 134 8781 281
Virender Sehwag 103 8503 319
Sourav Ganguly 113 7212 239
Dilip Vengsarkar 116 6868 166
Mohammad Azharuddin 99 6215 199
Gundappa Viswanath 91 6080 222
Virat Kohli 70 6000 243

In terms of time, Kohli is the quickest Indian to the landmark, overtaking Rahul Dravid. Kohli took seven years and 70 days, whereas Dravid required seven years and 175 days.