1st Test: Virat Kohli faster than Don Bradman to 1000 Test runs in Australia
Virat Kohli reached 1000 Test runs in Australia with a singe to the leg side. @AFP

India captain Virat Kohli  on Saturday became the fourth Indian batsman to score 1000 Test runs in Australia, and in getting there in his 18th innings he surpassed Sir Don Bradman as the fastest to the milestone on Australian soil.

After getting three in India’s first innings at Adelaide Oval, Kohli crossed 1000 runs when he collected a single off Nathan Lyon during the final session of day three. Bradman got to 1000 runs in his tenth Test at home, and 19th innings.

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Those before him from India are Sachin Tendulkar (1809 runs at 53.20 in 38 innings), VVS Laxman (1236 at 44.14 in 29) and Rahul Dravid (1143 at 43.96 in 30). Kohli currently averages nearly 59.


This is Kohli’s third Test tour to Australia, having been their top run-getter in 2011-12 when in his first year of Test cricket (he made 300 runs in four Tests) and then putting up a record 692 runs at 86.50, with four centuries, in 2014-15.

During the 2011 tour, Kohli’s 116 in Adelaide was the lone bright spot in a 4-0 drubbing. In the first Test of the series in Adelaide in 2014-15, Kohli stood tall and almost gave India a famous win with twin centuries in a defeat.