Kolkata: Indian skipper Virat Kohli, aka the run making machine, added another feather to his cap as he slammed his 50th international ton. The Delhi batsman achieved the feat on Day 5 of the first Test match against Sri Lanka.
Batting on 98, Kohli slammed Sri Lankan pacer Suranga Lakmal for a six over deep covers to reach the milestone. India declared their innings at 352/8, setting a 231-run target for the Islanders.
Prior to the first Test, Kohli had 32 ODI centuries to his name, along with 17 tons in Test cricket.
Since his One-Day International debut on August 18, 2008, Kohli has scored 32 ODI tons and this was his 18th Test hundred.
Kohli resurgence has been phomenal over the last few years. After getting his career started with a modest beginning, where he scored only one hundred and three fifties, the year 2010 marked a turnaround in his cricketing career.
In 2010, Kohli scored three hundred and seven fifties and hence deservedly earned his maiden Test call-up.
In 2011, the Delhi-born batsman smashed a total of eight half-centuries, together with four centuries but failed to reach the 100-run mark in Test cricket. His failure to convert decent starts into big totals earned him some criticism but the young batsman was only improving.
Kohli shifted another gear in his performance in 2012, scoring a total of 17 Test tons and 24 ODI centuries.
2016 saw him score four Test hundreds and three ODI tons. 2017 brough even better times for the Indian skipper. While there were only two Test hundreds in the year, Kohli smashed six centuries and seven fifties in the limited overs cricket.