Virat Kohli surpasses Brian Lara with sixth hundred in a losing cause as captain

first_imgVirat Kohli’s 123 in the first innings of the second Test against Australia saw him break numerous records but the result of the match also added an unfortunate black spot on his captaincy career.Kohli’s 25th hundred went in vain as India lost to Australia by 146 runs in Perth on Tuesday.It was the seventh instance when Kohli scored a hundred but in a losing cause in the longest format. He also went past Brian Lara’s unwanted record of scoring the most centuries in a losing cause as captain.The Perth Test defeat was the sixth time Kohli lost a match as captain in which he scored a century, going past former West Indies skipper Lara’s five losses. Australia captain Steve Waugh is next with four hundreds in a losing cause.The loss also extended India’s dismal record while chasing in away Tests. It was the team’s 15th loss while chasing a target of 200 or more in an away Test in the last 15 years.The last time India successfully chased down a 200-plus target in an away Test was back in 2003 against Australia in Adelaide. They have managed to save 6 matches since then.It was also India’s sixth loss while chasing in an away Test this year after Cape Town (target: 208), Centurion (target: 287), Birmingham (target: 194), Southampton (target: 245), The Oval (target: 464) and Perth (target: 287).Virat Kohli discusses the form of India’s two opening batters #AUSvIND (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018Australia on the other hand, managed to register its first Test win under captain Tim Paine after bowling out India for 140 in the first session on Day 5, while defending 287 at the Optus stadium.advertisementPaine, who has led Australia in 5 Tests since succeeding Steve Smith in March, has a record of 1 win, 3 losses and 1 draw so far.It was also Australia’s first win since March 5 in Durban – before the damaging ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that rocked the nation – and head coach Justin Langer’s first since he took over from Darren Lehmann.5 losses and 1 draw have preceded this match. This win will also be special for the home side as it was the first Test match being played at the newly-built Optus stadium in Perth.That winning feeling!Australia celebrate their first Test victory in more than nine months!#AUSvIND | @Toyota_Aus (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018The Test was the first at the new 60,000-seat stadium located in Burswood after a 47-year run at the WACA but crowds were disappointing especially when fierce heat blighted the early part of the match.The series shifts to the traditional Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground followed by the finale in Sydney.Also Read | Gavaskar critical of Kohli’s team selection in Perth: Why bring Bhuvneshwar to Australia?Also Read | To compete against Virat Kohli and take his wicket was pretty special: Nathan LyonAlso Read | My hundred irrelevant, says Virat Kohli after India lose Perth Testlast_img

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