File photo of Virat Kohli.© AFP
India captain Virat Kohli is on the cusp of setting another record for the second Test against South Africa at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. He is currently the second highest runs scorer in Johannesburg in the longest format among visiting batters. Only New Zealand’s John Reid is ahead of the 33-year-old in the list, having scored 316 runs in two tests. Kohli is second on the list with 310 runs in Tests at the venue.
Most Test Runs in Johannesburg (by visiting players)
John Reid (NZ) – 316
Virat Kohli (IND) – 310
Ricky Ponting (AUS) – 263
Rahul Dravid (IND) – 262
Damien Martyn (AUS) – 255
The Indian skipper holds an impressive record at Wanderers Stadium, scoring a century and two half-centuries in two friendlies.
Veteran batter Cheteshwar Pujara, who is currently going through a rough patch, is not far off from Kohli in this list, who has scored 229 runs at the venue.
In the first Test at Centurion, Kohli got off to a good start in the first innings, but threw his wicket away after chasing a delivery wide outside the off-stump. In the second innings, he was sacked the same way.
The star batter will also attempt to end a century of drought that has left it off the three-digit mark in more than two years.
Most importantly, Team India will take a win in Johannesburg, which would seal their first-ever Test series win in South Africa.
The visitors lead the three-game series 1-0 after winning the first Test by 113 runs.
The second Test starts on Monday 3 January.
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