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Virat Kohli completes 5000 runs in test cricket

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New Delhi: Indian Skipper Virat Kohli has reached another milestone in his career, completing 5000 runs in test cricket. He achieved the landmark in front of his home fans on the first day of the third and final test against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground here on Saturday.

Playing his 105th innings, the 29-year-old batsman is the 11th Indian batsman to achieve the milestone and the fourth quickest among Indians to achieve the feat.

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar is the quickest Indian to score 5000 runs as he did it in 95 innings followed by Virender Sehwag (99) and Sachin Tendulkar (103).

The International Cricket Council congratulated Indian captain for surpassing the milestone.

Meanwhile, India were 371 for 4 at the stumps with skipper Kohli unbeaten on 156 and Rohit Sharma on 6.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, India lost early wickets in opener Shikhar Dhawan (23) and Cheteshwar Pujara (23). However, Kohli and Murali Vijay made an excellent 283-run third-wicket stand. In the process, Vijay also scored an impressive 155. Ajinkya Rahane (1) lost yet another opportunity to get some valuable runs ahead of South Africa tour.

For Sri Lanka, Sandakan scalped two wickets while Gamage and Perera got one wicket each.

India leads the three match series, 1-0. They won the second Test at Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs, while the first test had ended in a draw.