Virat Kohli surpasses Ricky Ponting, becomes fastest captain to score 5000 Test runs

Virat Kohli became the first Indian skipper to score 5000 Test runs, on Friday when he reached a score of 32 runs against Bangladesh in the historic D/N Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.  The 31-year-old further became the fastest cricketer overall to reach the milestone in the longest format of the game, surpassing none other than legendary Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting. Ponting had accumulated the run-tally of 5000 Test runs in 54 matches and 97 innings, which the Indian skipper surpassed having reached the milestone in his 53rd match (86th inning). The 31-year-old is now part of a list comprising of only six cricketers in history to have scored 5000 Test runs, while captaining their respective nations. The illustrious list comprises of Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith, Clive Lloyd, Steve Fleming and Allan Border. Kohli will be eager to further usurp the legendary Australian cricketer by scoring a ton, as getting to triple figures will see him overtaking Ponting as the captain with the second highest number of centuries in the longest format. The 31-year-old and the legendary Aussie are tied on 19 centuries in the list, with former South African cricketer Graeme Smith occupying the top spot having scored 25 Test tons.

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