Despite India’s significant loss in the initial Test by an innings and 32 runs, Virat Kohli managed to achieve another milestone in batting. Contrary to scoring a century, he secured a half-century, amassing a formidable 76 runs off 82 balls in the second innings, featuring 12 fours and 1 six. With an additional 38 runs in the first innings of IND vs SA 1st Test, Virat Kohli set a unique world record, marking an unprecedented feat in the 146-year history of cricket.
Kohli’s performance in the Centurion Test allowed him to surpass the 2000-run mark across formats in 2023. This marks the seventh instance where Kohli has achieved this feat in a calendar year, establishing him as the first player to do so. By the end of 2023, Kohli amassed a total of 2048 runs from 35 matches across various formats. Shubman Gill secured the highest run tally in 2023, finishing with 2154 runs, although it took him 48 matches to reach this milestone. Daryl Mitchell has accumulated 1970 runs in 49 matches so far in 2023.
Virat Kohli’s Test Record in IND vs SA 1st Test
CLASSIC VIRAT!@imVkohli brings up his 30th Test half-century in 61 balls. He has hit 8 delightful boundaries and a power-packed six!
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 28, 2023
India faced challenges in the first Test, experiencing a lackluster performance from both their batsmen and bowlers. Despite the absence of Lungi Ngidi and the limited participation of Temba Bavuma (SA captain, who was injured during the match), South Africa proved formidable for the visitors. Under the captaincy of Dean Elgar, playing his final Test series, South Africa posted a commanding 408 in the first innings, while India struggled and were dismissed for 245. KL Rahul’s outstanding innings of 101 prevented a more significant margin of defeat for India. However, in the second innings, except for Kohli, no other player made a substantial contribution, leading to a clear loss as Kagiso Rabada and his teammates dismantled the top order. India needs to regroup and improve their performance for the upcoming second Test, scheduled to begin on January 3rd.