New Delhi: Virat Kohli has a habit of doing things his own, and the cricket world has witnessed India Test captain turning up each time when chips were down.
That's what what happened on Saturday at Indore during the first day's play of third Test between India and New Zealand. India have won the first two Tests without the skipper doing much with the bat.
The 27-year-old was going through a barren run at home, without scoring a hundred in 17 innings, before this match.
But the skipper made amends today, scoring a classy ton and thus becoming the first to do so in the three-match series. Indeed a special one. (ALSO READ: India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 1 Report)
Last time an Indian captain to score a century against New Zealand was Sourav Ganguly, in 2003, as against four by Kiwi skippers in the same period.
Only Don Bradman (69.04% - 29 out of 42) and George Headley (66.67% - 10 out of 15) have a higher conversion rate among 121 players to have scored 10 or more centuries.
The Indian captain has converted eight of his last eleven fifty-plus scores into centuries. His conversion rate is 52%, 13 out of 25.
Kohli now need five more centuries to equal's Sunil Gavaskar's record of most hundreds for an Indian captain.
He has the best highest batting average among all India captains.
India end the first's day play with 267 for 3 after 90 overs play, and Kohli was unbeaten on 103 off 191 balls with the help of 10 fours. Rahane was batting at 79 off 172b with nine fours and a six. The duo have added 167 runs in exactly 54 overs.