With 400 runs in three Tests, Virat Kohli on course for historic series in England
Virat Kohli has crossed 400 runs for the series, in his sixth innings. @Getty

Virat Kohli has become the sixth Indian batsman to score 400 runs in a Test series in England, achieving the milestone when he reached 63 during India’s second innings on day three of the Trent Bridge Test.

Those before him are Rahul Dravid (with 602 in four Tests in 2002 and 461 in four in 2011), Sunil Gavaskar (542 in four Tests in 1979), Sachin Tendulkar (428 in 1996, 401 in four in 2002), Mohammad Azharuddin (426 in three in 1990) and Murali Vijay (401 in four in 2014).

It marks a dramatic turnaround  for India’s captain, who during the previous tour of England in 2014 managed 134 runs in ten innings with a best of 39. Kohli carried India’s batting in the first Test at Edgbaston, scoring 149 and 51 to contribute 200 runs to the team’s total whereas the other 10 players combined for 214. At Lord’s, where India were beaten by an innings, Kohli 23 and 17.

On day one of the ongoing Trent Bridge Test, Kohli made 97. After Hardik Pandya helped bowl England out for 161, Kohli came out to bat on the second evening and on Monday achieved his 18th Test fifty.

With two Test matches to go at Southampton and The Oval, Kohli has a maximum of four innings to extend his run tally and possibly surpass Dravid’s record of 602 achieved during the drawn series of 2002.