Updated: December 17, 2020 4:27:59 pm
Continuing his love affair with the Adelaide Oval, India captain Virat Kohli slammed his fourth-plus core at the ground during day one of the first pink-ball Test on Thursday. With grit and resilience, the Indian captain continued his incredible form at Adelaide and recorded the most number of Test runs at the venue (492*), which is more than any other ground.
Kohli has more Test runs at the Adelaide Oval than any other ground.
482* – Adelaide Oval (AUS)
467 – Arun Jaitley Stadium (IND)
433 – Wankhede Stadium (IND)
379 – Rajiv Gandhi Int. Stadium (IND)
354 – Vidarbha Cricket Ass. Stadium (IND)#AUSvIND
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 17, 2020
In terms of most runs by an away batsman in Adelaide, Kohli is at number four behind Brian Lara (610 runs), Jack Hobbs (601 runs), Viv Richards (552 runs), Virat Kohli ( 492 runs at 82*).
In the current Indian line-up, Kohli has been the most successful batsman in this arena and the graph below illustrates how–
Interestingly, every time Kohli has hit a half-century, he’s gone on to convert it into a century at Adelaide in Tests. However, on Thursday he failed to convert it to three-figures when he was run-out for 74. This was only the second time in his Test career that Kohli has been dismissed run-out – the first also came against Australia in Adelaide in 2012.
So far in three matches, he has scored 431 runs, three hundreds, at an average of 71.83.
In the pink-ball Test, Kohli led from the front battling hard and staying strong even after his thumb was injured off a Mitchell Starc bouncer. From peppering him with short-pitched deliveries to outfoxing him with the knuckleball, the Australians threw everything at Kohli. But the Indian captain survived and played shots with authority.
50 – Virat Kohli’s half-century at the Adelaide Oval today is his 50th score of 50+ in Test cricket – becoming the eighth player to achieve the feat for @BCCI in the men’s format. Wheel.#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/RFG9fcbN5K
— OptaJim (@OptaJim) December 17, 2020
Earlier, Kohli could have been dismissed on 16 in off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s third over when television replays suggested the Indian skipper might have gloved a leg-side catch behind the wickets, but Australia didn’t go for a television referral.
Kohli will return to India after the Adelaide test to be with his wife, Anushka Sharma, who is expecting the couple’s first child in January.
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