By India Today Sports Desk: Virat Kohli etched his name in cricketing history on July 21 with a momentous achievement that set a new milestone in the sport. In a truly remarkable feat, Kohli became the first batter ever to score a century in his 500th international match. The historic moment occurred on Day 2 of the second Test between India and West Indies in Port of Spain.
On the second day of the Test match, Kohli displayed his brilliance by reaching his 29th Test century in just 180 balls. His century came at a crucial juncture for the Indian team, as they had lost four wickets in a single session on Day 1 of the match. Adding to the significance of the occasion, this Test match was also the 100th encounter between India and West Indies.
Kohli’s wife and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma celebrated the star cricketer’s achievement by sharing a heartwarming post on her Instagram.
What made Kohli’s century even more extraordinary was the fact that it marked his 15th Test century in overseas conditions and his first away from home since December 2018 in Perth. On his 500th international appearance, Kohli surpassed the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 75 international centuries.
The sheer rarity of Kohli’s accomplishment was highlighted by the fact that no player had managed to score even a half-century in their 500th international match before him. This further underlined the uniqueness and significance of his innings.
Throughout the 2023 cricket season, Kohli exhibited outstanding consistency across all formats. Notably, in an IPL match against the Gujarat Titans on May 21, 2023, he demonstrated his brilliance once again, scoring a remarkable century with 101 runs off just 61 balls. By equaling the legendary Australian batter Don Bradman’s tally of 29 Test centuries, Kohli has solidified his place among the greatest cricketing icons of all time.