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2019: Year of record-breaker Virat Kohli

In 2019, Virat Kohli became the first Asian captain under whose captaincy Team India defeated Australia in a Test series, for example

For Virat Kohli, the year 2019 was full of successes not only as captain but also as a batsman. He created many such records during this year which would be daunting for any player. Virat further enhanced the stature of the Indian team in the world under his captaincy and did more than one with his batting. Let’s take a look at the successes of Virat that he achieved this year.

In the World Cup 2019, Virat Kohli scored five consecutive half-centuries in five matches. No batsman had done this as a captain in the World Cup before. Now, this unique record is named after Virat.

Virat Kohli broke the record for most centuries as captain this year, which was earlier named Ricky Ponting. Ricky did this by scoring five centuries against England. Virat has scored a total of nine centuries against the West Indies in which he has seven as captain.

Virat Kohli became India’s most successful captain in Test cricket this year. He left MS Dhoni behind. As captain for India, Virat Kohli has won a total of 33 Test matches while Dhoni won 27 Test matches.

In 2019, Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 254 against South Africa in Pune. He became the first captain of India to score more than 250 runs in an innings of a Test.

The Pune Test match was Virat Kohli’s 50th match as a Test captain. He became the second captain in the world to score a double century in his 50th match as a captain. Stephen Fleming had achieved this feat earlier in 2003 when he had scored an unbeaten 274 runs.

Virat Kohli became the first captain in the world to complete the fastest 4000 runs in ODIs this year. As a captain, Virat has scored 4889 runs so far. Virat completed his runs in 63 innings. He left behind AB, who completed his 4000 runs in ODIs as captain, in 77 innings.

Virat Kohli became the first captain in the world to score the fastest 5000 runs in Test cricket this year. He did this in 86 innings.

Virat Kohli became the captain to play the first day-night Test match for India. In this match, India won by an innings.

In 2019, Virat Kohli became the first Asian captain under whose captaincy Team India defeated Australia in the Test series. India won the four-Test series 2–1.

Virat Kohli became the first batsman to score four centuries in ODIs against the West Indies. Out of this, three centuries were against the West Indies on his own land. He became the first player in the world to score three consecutive centuries in three ODIs on Caribbean soil.

Virat Kohli scored his sixth century against Australia in Ranchi ODI this year while scoring runs. After this, he became the player to score the most centuries by scoring runs against any team. Earlier, Sachin scored five centuries against Australia and Virat scored five runs against Sri Lanka.

This year, Sachin scored his career’s 8th century against Australia in ODIs. He became the second Indian player after Sachin to score the highest century in ODIs against the Kangaroo team. Sachin scored a total of 9 centuries in ODIs against Australia.

Virat scored his seventh double century in the Test against South Africa this year. Virat broke the record of Sachin and Sehwag. Both of them did this feat six times in Test cricket.

Virat scored an unbeaten 114 against the West Indies at the Port of Spain this year. This was his 9th century against the Caribbean team. With this, he equalled Sachin in terms of scoring the highest century against this team. Sachin’s name is the record for the highest century for India against a single team. He had scored a total of 9 centuries in ODIs against the Kangaroo team.

Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain who completed 5,000 runs in international cricket as a captain on his soil this year. Virat did this feat in his 84 innings.

In 2019, Virat Kohli completed his 9,000 and 10,000 runs in international cricket as a captain.

This year, Virat Kohli became the first player in the world to complete the fastest 11,000 runs in ODIs. He did this in 222 innings. He left behind Sachin, who did this feat in 276.

Virat Kohli completed his 21,000 runs in international cricket. He did this in the lowest innings. Virat did this in 433 innings and left behind Sachin, who achieved this feat in 473 innings.

Virat Kohli scored the highest 2,455 runs in international cricket this year which included seven centuries.

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