Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli
Sachin Tendulkar (L) Virat Kohli (R)

India captain Virat Kohli scored a masterly 103 to guide India to a massive lead against England in the third Test at Trent Bridge on Monday. It was Kohli’s second century of the series and career’s 23rd such score.

Also, this is Kohli’s 58th international century (he has 35 centuries in ODIs). While Kohli is often compared with batting legend Sachin Tendulkar for his unending quench to score runs, Monday marked a freak coincidence that connects the duo.

17 years ago, Sachin Tendulkar recorded his 58th international century in Ahmedabad, against, well, England in India’s first innings, in reply to England’s 407-all out. And got out for 103.

There’s one more similarity – both faced the exact same number of deliveries – 197!. Which, obviously, means they scored at the same strike-rate of 52.28.

However, Tendulkar was a year younger than Kohli when he crossed the milestone in December 2011 during the second Test. He also had more boundaries – 12 fours and a six – than Kohli who scored 10 fours.

Tendulkar went on to score 51 hundreds in Test cricket and 49 in ODIs becoming the first and only batsman to hit 100 international centuries. And the rate with which Kohli, 29, is peeling off tons, it won’t be a far-fetched prediction that he may end up emulating his cricketing idol by the time his career comes to an end.

Kohli has left behind his England struggles for good as he has already crossed the 400-run mark in the series and looks set to break records with two more Tests remaining.