Virat Kohli Test Batting Records: Indian Captain Surpasses This 16-Year-Old Record Previously Held by Rahul Dravid!
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It has become a common sight these days to see Virat Kohli break records after records with his breathtaking display of batting form. In another instance on Day 2 of India vs Australia Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Virat Kohli went past Rahul Dravid and became the highest scoring Indian batsman on foreign soil in a calendar year.

Virat Kohli might have missed out on scoring a century in the Boxing Day Test match, in his first innings; however, he managed to break a record which was previously held by Rahul Dravid. Tim Paine During IND vs AUS 2018 Boxing Day Test: 'I'll Become a Mumbai Indians Fan if Rohit Sharma Hits a Six'

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, in announcing the record-breaking feat. In its tweet, BCCI wrote, “STAT ALERT! With 82 runs today, @imVkohli (Virat Kohli) has surpassed Rahul Dravid (1137) to register most number of runs in a calendar year in overseas Tests #KingKohli.”

Here’s what BCCI tweeted:

Rahul Dravid had scored 1,137 runs in 11 Test matches for India in the calendar year 2002. Dravid had hit four centuries and four half-centuries, while amassing the runs at an average of 66.88. His highest score was 217 in that year. Mayank Agarwal Becomes First Indian Opener Since 1947 to Score Fifty on Debut in Australia: Watch Video.

As for Virat Kohli, he has scored 1138 runs in 11 Tests he has played in 2018 so far. Kohli has hit four centuries too; though, he has five half-centuries against his name. Kohli has scored at an average of 54.19 this year.

List of Most-runs Scoring Indian Batsmen on Foreign Soil in a Calendar Year

Sr. No. Players Matches Runs Highest Average 100s 50s Year
1. Virat Kohli 11* 1138* 153 54.19 4 5 2018
2. Rahul Dravid 11 1137 217 66.88 4 4 2002
3. Mohinder Amarnath 9 1065 120 71.00 4 7 1983
4. Sunil Gavaskar 7 14 918 83.45 4 5 1971
5. Murali Vijay 10 852 146 42.60 2 5 2014

India declared on 443/7 after leaving the home team to play the last 30 minutes of the day’s play. Australia were 8/0, with Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch unbeaten on 5 and 3 runs respectively, at stumps. Stay tuned with us for all the latest updates about India vs Australia Test series 2018-19!