Virat Kohli Powers Past Mohammad Azharuddin's Follow-on Record

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Indian Skipper Virat Kohli on Monday went past Mohammad Azharuddin as the Indian captain who has enforced the maximum number of follow-on in Test cricket

Written By Prachi Mankani | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Virat Kohli who is playing his 51st Test as the Skipper, on Monday went past Mohammad Azharuddin as the Indian captain who has enforced the maximum follow-ons in Test cricket after the visitors were forced to bat again on Day 3 of the Ranchi Test. Azharuddin had also enforced a follow-on against South Africa twice in the home series against Sri Lanka back in 1993–94. 

Kohli enforced the follow-on for the 8th time as captain of India whereas Azharuddin had done it 7 times followed by MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly who have enforced it 5 and 4 times, respectively.  Earlier, in the Pune Test, Virat Kohli equaled him by enforcing the follow-on, now, he surpassed him at Ranchi.

The Indian skipper ha now enforced the follow on 15 times in his captaincy career.

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With a lead of 335 to defend, Team India decided to enforce follow-on to the visitors. It was the second time that the Indian team forced South Africa to bat again in the series. In the second Test in Pune, World No 1 Test side also enforced follow-on after gaining a huge 326-run lead. The Indian team went on to win that Test match by an innings and 137 runs and will be eying another innings victory to make it a 3-0 series win.

The right-arm pacer Mohammad Shami rocked the visitor's top-order once again to leave South Africa tottering at 26-4 at tea on day three. Shami cleaned-up Zubayr Hamza for a duck before trapping skipper Faf du Plessis plumb in front. The 29-year old then dismissed Temba Bavuma for a duck just before the break to leave South Africa tottering at 22-4. Before both teams departed for the tea break, Shami’s figures read 5-2-7-3.

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