- After the break, captain Kohli returned
- Kohli at Wankhede Stadium: 6 innings, 433 runs
Indian Test captain Virat Kohli will take the field for Team India after almost a month. After playing in the IPL and subsequent T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli was rested from the T20 series against New Zealand. Virat Kohli did not play in the first Test in Kanpur. In place of Virat, Ajinkya Rahane took charge of the team. Shreyas Iyer, meanwhile, replaced him at number four.
Virat Kohli’s record at Wankhede Stadium is very spectacular. He is expected to make a comeback in the second Test against the Kiwis. Virat Kohli has scored 433 runs in 6 innings of 4 Tests at Wankhede Stadium. Virat Kohli has also scored a double century on this ground. The Mumbai Test will be played from Friday.
In 2016, Kohli had played an innings of 235 against England. Virat has scored more than 50 runs four times in 6 innings, and is expected to score his 71st international century in this match as well. It has been a long time since Virat’s bat scored a century.
Virat made his last Test century in 2019 against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Since then, Virat has scored only 5 fifties in 12 Tests. Virat could overtake former coaches Ravi Shastri and Syed Kirmani in terms of runs scored at Wankhede Stadium.
Shastri has scored 457 runs in 10 innings, while Kirmani has scored 477 runs in 13 innings. Virat has 433 runs in 6 innings. Sunil Gavaskar holds the record for most runs scored at Wankhede Stadium. Gavaskar has scored 1122 runs in 20 innings with 5 centuries to his name.
Most runs at Wankhede Stadium –
Sunil Gavaskar: 20 innings, 1122 runs
Sachin Tendulkar: 19 innings, 921 runs
Dilip Vengsarkar: 17 innings, 631 runs
Rahul Dravid: 619 runs in 13 innings
Syed Kirmani: 13 innings, 477 runs
Ravi Shastri: 10 innings, 457 runs
Virat Kohli: 6 innings, 433 runs
With the return of Virat Kohli, the team management is also under pressure. Pujara and Rahane, who performed poorly, are in danger of being dropped from the squad. The team management cannot ignore Iyer’s excellent performance. It will be interesting to see who Virat returns to in such a situation. After the Kanpur Test draw, both the teams will try to improve their position in the Test Championship by winning the Test series at Wankhede.