After Prithvi Shaw’s record debut ton put the hosts in a strong position on day one, it was Kohli’s turn to take centre stage on Friday.
Having put 72 runs on the board on day one, Kohli was content to sit back and let Rishabh Pant’s bat do the talking on day two.
The young wicketkeeper batsman batted aggressively in the morning session and dealt primarily in boundaries.
Kohli, on the other hand, was more circumspect in his approach and waited on the loose deliveries to pounce.
The 29-year-old ultimately brought up his 24th Test ton in the first session of Friday itself. The 123 innings taken by the right-handed batsman to reach the milestone is the second quickest in the history of the format, behind only the legendary Sir Donald Bradman of Australia.
Is there a greater run accumulator than Virat Kohli currently? pic.twitter.com/MzC5grhGUI— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 5, 2018
Kohli beat his idol Sachin Tendulkar to that accolade, taking two innings fewer than the former India batting maestro to notch up 24 Test tons.
The century at Rajkot also helped Kohli overtake Australian batsman Steve Smith’s tally (23).
Post-lunch on day two, Kohli registered another feat by bringing up his 1,000th Test run in the calendar year with a gorgeous straight drive off pacer Sherman Lewis.
This means that the India stalwart has now registered at least 1,000 runs in his last three calendar years. In 2016, he had scored 1,215 runs while in 2017 he had notched up 1,059 runs.
#ManOfTheMatch and @lahoreqalandars’s captain @imSohailAkhtar certainly did his team proud! The skipper led the squad to victory by scoring his very first century in T20 cricket and that too in just 56 balls! #AbuDhabiT20 pic.twitter.com/n5vedSbZvq— Abu Dhabi Cricket (@AbuDhabiCricket) October 4, 2018
The Sport360 Team is in place bringing you the latest cricket news on Thursday.
There is plenty of cricket action to look forward on the day with India locking horns with the West Indies in the first Test at Rajkot. We will be bringing you all the action and reactions from that match and other.
4:30pm – Steve Smith revealed as Platinum player for PSL 4
Former Australia skipper Steve Smith was nominated as a Platinum Category player in the draft for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Thursday.
The banned Aussie star is among 14 big names named in the Platinum Category who will be a part of the player pool when the player draft for the league gets underway. The Platinum Category denotes the most pedigreed overseas players in the league and is the highest among all categories.
Read more on this breaking story here.
3:45pm – India pile on 364-4 against West Indies on day one
Day one in the Rajkot Test between India and the West Indies has drawn to a close with the hosts piling on 364-4 on the board before stumps were called.
Prithvi Shaw delighted with a debut ton while Cheteshwar Pujara scored 86. Skipper Virat Kohli is looking good at the crease and is unbeaten on 72.
2:00pm – Corey Anderson on New Zealand comeback trail
New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has decided to opt out of the first-class format for the upcoming season in a bid to strengthen his case for a return to the side in time for the 2019 ICC World Cup.
Having seen his career derailed by multiple injuries, Anderson will be focusing on the limited-overs formats in the coming eight months as he seeks to put on the Blackcaps jersey in the showpiece event at England next year.
Read the Kiwi all-rounder’s quotes in full here.
1:30pm – Family ties for Travis Head ahead of Test debut
It will be a momentous occasion for Travis Head when the first Test between Pakistanand Australia gets underway in Dubai on October 7.
The southpaw has been confirmed to make his Test debut alongside Aaron Finch by head coach Justin Langer and will have his entire family in tow for his special moment.
Read more on this story here.
1:00pm – ICC World Cup Trophy tour reaches Lahore
The ICC 2019 World Cup trophy reached Lahore on Wednesday as part of its global tour in the lead up to the showpiece event to be held in England.
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan was on hand to parade the glittering trophy on its route from the Gaddafi stadium to the Shahi Qila (Lahore Fort).
Read more on this story here.
12:00pm – Prithvi Shaw becomes youngest Indian to register debut ton
Prithvi Shaw made it a debut to remember with the young opener slamming an aggressive ton in the opening Test between India and the West Indies at Rajkot on Thursday.
The 18-year-old was handed his maiden Test cap by Virat Kohli himself and was thrust straight into the limelight on day one after the India skipper won the toss and elected to bat first.
7:45am – India bat first in Rajkot Test as Shaw debuts
All eyes will be on young Prithvi Shaw as India take on West Indies in the first Test of the two-match series at Rajkot on Thursday. The Mumbai youngster will be in the spotlight after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first.
Do not miss any of the action by following the ball-by-ball updates from Rajkot here.
7:30am – Eoin Morgan praises Andrew Strauss vision
Andrew Strauss will leave one of English cricket’s top jobs having paved the way for World Cup glory next summer, according to one-day captain Eoin Morgan.
Strauss announced on Wednesday he would not be returning to work as the national side’s director of cricket, having been on compassionate leave for the past four months
Read what Morgan had to say about Strauss’ vision here.