When Kohli came to bat in the second innings of the first Test against Australia, surpassing Warner’s tally was on the cards. He batted cautiously, gave India a solid ground and surpassed the Australian batsman who is out due to ban.
With his 34 runs on Saturday, Kohli’s surpassed Warner’s Test run tally of 6363 runs in 137 innings (74 Tests). Kohli now stands fourth on the list of active run-getters in the format with 6368 runs in 126 innings (74 Tests). He now only stands behind, South African talisman Hashim Amla, English Test skipper Joe Root and New Zealand’s veteran cricketer Ross Taylor. Well, Kohli stands only 38 runs behind the Kiwi batter and an emulation of his 2014-15 series heroics could see him surpass Root as well at the end of the four-match series.
Top-5 active run scorer in Test cricket:-
- Hashim Amla 9022 runs in 205 innings (119 Tests)
- Joe Root 6508 runs in 141 innings (71 Tests)
- Ross Taylor 6406 runs in 158 innings (88 Tests)
- Virat Kohli 6368 runs in 126 innings (74 Tests)
- David Warner 6363 runs in 137 innings (74 Tests)
Kohli managed only three runs in the first innings before wrapping his wicket to a reckless and needless shot off a Pat Cummins wider delivery. However, in his second chance, he played with more composure and style before misreading a ripper from Lyon at the fag end of day 3.
Regarding match, India is in a strong position. They just need 6 wickets to wrap-up the test match.