India vs. Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma-Virat Kohli duel for supremacy in the pink ball test

Captain Rohit Sharma and former captain Virat Kohli will be a fight within a fight when India meets Sri Lanka in the pink ball test on March 12 in Bengaluru. India have played 3 day-night Tests so far, winning 2 at home and losing the one they played in Australia and losing the Adelaide Test after being knocked out for 36 in the first innings.

Virat Kohli tops the Indian batting charts with the most runs in the Pink Ball Tests. The former captain has 241 runs in 4 innings in Pink Ball Tests with a 60.25 average. Kohli is the only Indian batsman to have 100 points in pink ball Tests when he hit 136 in India’s innings win in Kolkata against Bangladesh, their first-ever day-night affair at home. Notably, it was also the last time Virat Kohli scored 100 points in international cricket.

In his 100th exam Virat Kohli got off to a good start but he was sacked for 45 by Lasith Embuldeniya in Mohali last week. However, India managed to win the landmark Test by innings and 222 runs.

On the elite list, Rohit Sharma is ranked 2nd with 112 runs in 2 Tests. Rohit hit a crucial 66 in India’s last day-night game, which took place against England in Ahmedabad last year. Rohit has a chance to pass Kohli provided the skipper plays big and in the pink ball test and does his ordinary performance with the racquet in the first test.

MOST RUNS FOR INDIA IN PINK BALL TESTS

Virat Kohli – 241 in 3 tests
Rohit Sharma – 112 in 2 tests
Ajinkya Rahane – 100 in 3 tests
Cheteshwar Pujara – 98 in 3 tests

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli, who became only the 6th Indian lure for Pasta 8000 test runs in Mohali, has an opportunity to pass Australia great star Mark Waugh who finished with 8029 runs as the Indian batter needs 23 runs. Kohli is also 25 runs behind the legendary Gary Sobers on the elite list.

In the bowling department, R Ashwin, who overtook Kapil Dev’s wicket list in the all-time list to become the second-most successful Indian Test bowler, has an opportunity to break Anil Kumble’s record for most 5-wicket hols for India in home testing.

Ashwin, who has 306 Test wickets at home, 44 fewer than Anil Kumble, has 24 5-wicket moves. Kumble tops the list with 25 five-wicket hauls.

MOST 5 WICKET HAULS FOR INDIA IN HOME TESTS

Anil Kumble – 25 in 63 games
R Ashwin – 24 in 50 games
Harbhajan Singh – 18 in 55 games
Kapil Dev – 11 in 65 games

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