SA v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 1st day

Kohli's best and a rare first-innings ton

Stats highlights of the first day's play between South Africa and India at the Wanderers

Shiva Jayaraman

December 18, 2013

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Virat Kohli acknowledges the applause after hitting a maiden Test fifty in South Africa, South Africa v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 1st day, December 18, 2013
Virat Kohli's century was the first by an Indian at No.4 in 49 innings since Sachin Tendulkar's 146 in Cape Town in 2011 © Associated Press
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  • Virat Kohli's 119 is his fifth hundred in Tests and his highest score. Two of these tons have come in away matches. He hit a hundred in his last away Test too - against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in 2012. Kohli has hit six centuries in international cricket this year, equalling AB de Villiers and Shikhar Dhawan for the most by any batsman in 2013.

  • Indian batsmen don't often score centuries in the first innings of a tough tour outside the subcontinent. Kohli is the first batsman since Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag - both hit centuries in Bloemfontein in 2001- to make a hundred in the first game of a tour outside the subcontinent excluding Zimbabwe, when India have batted first. There have been only three such hundreds - Dilip Sardesai's 212 against West Indies in 1971, Polly Umrigar's 130 against West Indies in 1953, and Vijay Manjrekar's 133 against England at Headingley in 1952. Tendulkar, Sehwag and Sanjay Manjrekar are the other three Indian batsmen - before Kohli - to have made their centuries by the end of the first day's play.

  • Kohli is also the eighth India batsman to hit a Test ton in South Africa. There have been 12 hundreds by Indian batsmen in South Africa, including five from Tendulkar. Kohli is the first player from the subcontinent to hit a hundred at the Wanderers since Azhar Mahmood struck 136 in 1998. In fact, of the 22 overseas batsmen who have scored centuries at this venue, only four are from the subcontinent.

  • Kohli's century was the first by an Indian batting at No.4 in 49 innings since Tendulkar's 146 in Cape Town in 2011. The last batsman other than Tendulkar to score a Test hundred at No. 4 for India was Sourav Ganguly, who hit 239 against Pakistan in Bangalore in 2007.

  • India's opening pair managed to add just 17 runs in the innings, keeping in tune with their ordinary record in recent away matches. In 25 innings away from home since 2011, India's openers have added only 399 runs for the first wicket at an average of 15.96. The only fifty-plus opening partnership for India during this period came at Lord's in July 2011 when Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund added 63 runs in the first innings. At home, India's openers have done better during this period - adding 1403 at 58.45 from 24 innings, with three century partnerships and eight fifty stands.

  • The 89-run partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli is India's second highest for the third wicket in South Africa. Gautam Gambhir and Tendulkar added 176 for the third wicket in Cape Town in 2011.

  • The first Test is MS Dhoni's 50th as captain. He has now captained India in the most Tests, passing Sourav Ganguly's 49. Dhoni is the 14th captain to lead his country in 50 or more Tests, drawing level with Viv Richards, Andrew Strauss and Mark Taylor.

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Posted by   on (December 19, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

LooksKohli is stepping into Sachins shoes.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

vijay was important please do not discount that.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

Jayaram's stats are correct. Both ganguly's innings, at lords and at brisbane came in india's 1st innings but india batted 2nd in those tests. lords was the 2nd test of that 1996 tour but brisbane was the 1st of that 2003 tour. I personally feel the gabba knock was really special because it set the tone for india on that tough tour which india eventually managed to draw.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

my only failed prediction was ajinkya...he has shown me differently...hang on are in for a fight here.

Posted by HiyerNHiyer on (December 19, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

I still feel that India should look to grind the Saffers down.. look to play 150 in every innings and make them toil. even if you score at 2.5 will score 375.. This team has the talent and potential. I would suggest drop Vijay and let Rohit Open and make way for one more bowler and Dhawan is better advised to see through the first 15 overs. Ashwin can be developed into a Bowling All rounder and Bhuvi can bat a bit. I would go like this Dhawan, Rohit, Pujara, Kohli, Ajinkya, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ishaant, Zaheer, Umesh/Shami,

Posted by Avin1999 on (December 19, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

You have forgotten even Saurav Ganguly scored 144 in the first test in the first inning hundred against Australia in Brisbane..

Posted by   on (December 19, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

Where are SA Fans Now..Lolzzz

Posted by IlMagnifico on (December 19, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

For Pete's sake...Tendulkar is retired. Why do you keep bringing him up in records? Oh wait...maybe because all the naysayers forgot how big his contribution to an Indian innings was? hmm...

Posted by humdrum on (December 19, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

I would like confirmation on an interesting statistic: Sachin Tendulkar has scored 5 test hundreds in SA. The last batsman before him was Wally Hammond in the late forties. Can someone please confirm this,as it would open up a very interesting debate on'flat track bullies'via-a-vis batsmen from Australia( brought up on bouncy wickets) and England(seaming,but 'true' wickets). The no of tests played in SA would also be a factor,as against the class of the SA bowlers, who,as is well known,have pedigree of the highest order.

Posted by Volatility on (December 19, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

informative article, thx.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (December 19, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

Congrts to Kohli. What an inngs.Only issue was he ran out Pujara, otherwise it would have been 255/2 or 255/3 only. # out of 4 batsmen scored first inngs hundred are from India. Which shows that India is far better than other visiting teams from subcontinent. No wonder why SA placed best 11 for this series and prepared bowling pitches.

Posted by VVS_martyn on (December 19, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

@by indranil1987_new Dada's 144 in Brisbane was in the second inninging. The article stipulates in the first innings and when indian have batted first.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2013, 2:02 GMT)

Indranil, the feat was achieved by Ganguly twice.. The one in Lord's was also a first innings century.. But the question here is the first innings of a test series.. Those were second innings of the test series although they were first innings for India.. If Rahane goes on to make a century, he will be the fifth Indian to do so.. After Manjerekar, Tendulkar, Sehwag and Kohli..

Posted by   on (December 19, 2013, 1:47 GMT)

@indranil: That was the 2nd innings of the match, not the 1st.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2013, 1:15 GMT)

Dear friends from the neighboring countries and from across the oceans, where have you gone. Miss your opinion on team India's young kids performance. Please come back and post. Today was only the first day of a long tour. Your motivation is much appreciated. Thank you.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2013, 1:11 GMT)

kholi yet again showed he belongs to class apart. cant say much about rest of team. 1-0 loss for india will be good enough.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

"Indian batsmen don't often score centuries in the first innings of a tough tour outside the subcontinent. " I think you only included innings where India batted first. Better stats will include all innings from India's first batting innings. One notable performance was S Ganguy's impressive 144 against Australia.

Posted by Gentleman_Cricket on (December 19, 2013, 0:11 GMT)

@indranil1987_new - I watched that innings of sir Ganguly and loved it as we were under a lot of pressure in that game with wickets falling. Howeverthe stats above is for "when India have batted first" which is often difficult as you get the first look at the pitch..

Posted by pintu1706 on (December 18, 2013, 23:54 GMT)

Sourav Ganguly scored 144 at gabba in 2003. Also Ravi Shastri and Mohd. Azhar had scored 100s at Lord's in 1990 series. You Need to add Pravin Amre scoring his debut century against SA in 1992 series.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

@Indranil it's written "when India have batted first", and in Brisbane India batted second.

Posted by kc69 on (December 18, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

Virat kohli is always a treat to watch.I know its like expecting too much but can India be the first team to beat SA in SA.Unlike the 1-1 level last time.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

This artictle talks about 1st innings of 1st test match abroad, Ganguly scored century when India was batting second...

Posted by mwater on (December 18, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

indranil1987-new - Mate, India did NOT bat first in the Brissy game, Australia did, so the article is correct.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

@Indranil - India batted second in the game you mentioned. The stat above is for "India batting first".

Posted by runsandwickets on (December 18, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

remove the caption under kohli's picture , it is against sachin tendulkar. After tendya scored 146 next 46 innings he was the one who batted for india.

Posted by adkum on (December 18, 2013, 22:01 GMT)

Kohli should learn humility from his predecessors and be careful not to mouth off too much. Let the bat do the talking. I don't recall Tendulkar or Dravid mouthing off after their umpteen centuries. Kohli has shown that he can handle the pace and must be complimented for his century. He joins good company of Indians who have scored hundreds overseas, Let the bat continue to do the talking.Good luck, Hope Rahane and Dhoni can continue in same vein and build a decent score of at least 400 to put some pressure on SA.

Posted by RajeshMangal on (December 18, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

@indranil1987_new: Kohli is third when India have batted first (after Sachin and Sehwag) in first game of a tour outside the subcontinent excluding Zimbabwe, when India have batted first.

Posted by vaidy on (December 18, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

Sehway also score 195 at the end of day 1 against Australia in the summer (Australian) of 2004 at Melbourne. I was there!

Posted by blthndr on (December 18, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

@ indranil1987_new......i think u missed something....."Tendulkar, Sehwag and Sanjay Manjrekar are the other three Indian batsmen - before Kohli - to have made their centuries by the end of the first day's play."

Posted by Lonewarrior on (December 18, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

Funny that ALL the captains with 50+ test to their names are batsmen (or non-bowlers to be precise, as is the case with Dhoni).

Posted by aashrit on (December 18, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

Virat Kohli definately the man india can rely on(also Pujara). Failure in ODI series was certainly a wake up call & challenge for him. proud to see him score ton against steyn,morkel,philander current best bowl attack in world. and world no 1 test team. all d best!!!!!!

Posted by Nampally on (December 18, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

Aided by a magnificient century by Kohli, India ended Day 1 on a creditable note with 251 for 5. It was unfortunate that Pujara was run out due to a poor call. Pujara is a potential centurian albeit he entered with no practice in the middle but played himself IN before being run out. Kohli provided India the Sheet anchor with a ton & the Indian batsmen followed the theme "Tire them & Tear them"!. They left all balls from the pacers outside the Off well alone & waited for the spinners to attack - fetching 77 runs of 13 overs from Tahir & Duminy. Indian batsmen also stretched Steyn, Morkel, Philander & Kallis to bowl nearly 20 overs each. Disciplined batting with patience paid off. If India negotiate the New ball on Day 2 without loss, they can reach 400. This total is essential because Dhoni has gone in with just 4 bowlers which includes ZAK. He had the option for Rohit to open & include another seamer for Vijay! Indian bowlers will be under lot of pressure + Need to avoid injuries.

Posted by indranil1987_new on (December 18, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

KOHLI is the fourth batsman to score a century in 1st innings away from home.... Sachin,Sehwag,Ganguly,Kohli..Ganguly scored 144 1st Test 1st Innings Border-Gavaskar trophy played at for ur referrence

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