Virat Kohli is now one short of Steven Smith's tally of 21 hundreds (Image courtesy: IANS)
Virat Kohli is now one short of Steven Smith’s tally of 21 hundreds (Image courtesy: IANS)

It must be remembered that Virat Kohli started the series against Sri Lankan with a nought at Kolkata. Since then, the Indian captain has made the opposition bowlers toil. If his century at Kolkata came in adversity, the double-hundred in Nagpur was about authority and now his third consecutive ton was more about being a bully. In simpler words, Kohli destroyed Sri Lanka to notch up his 20th Test hundred and his first in this format at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

Kohli got to the mark with a single off Dilruwan Perera. His innings contained 14 fours and it came off 110 balls. Walking into bat at 78 for 2, Kohli got off the mark with a trademark flick. Not only did he look solid but also inflicted severe damage in the opponent camp by scoring almost at a run a ball.

At the stroke of tea, Murali Vijay brought up his 11th Test hundred with a cut. The duo piled up an unbeaten stand of 167 for the third wicket.

In 2011 Kohli had brought up his seventh ODI hundred at this venue, against England. This is Kohli s second international hundred at Kotla. Kohli became the sixth Indian cricketer to register 20 or more hundreds in this format. He is now two short of equalling Mohammad Azharuddin’s (22) tally and three of Virender Sehwag’s (23). Kohli is now a hundred short of Steven Smith’s tally, and has equalled David Warner’s number.

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli reaches 5,000 runs; fourth-quickest behind Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar
India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli reaches 5,000 runs; fourth-quickest behind Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar

En route to this milestone, Kohli also brought up 5,000 runs and in doing so became the fourth fastest Indian (105 innings) to the mark after Sunil Gavaskar (95), Virender Sehwag (99) and Sachin Tendulkar (103). Kohli also broke Rahul Dravid’s 11-year-old record of registering most fifty-plus scores by an Indian captain in a calendar year. Dravid had 19; this was Kohli’s 20th.