New Delhi: Virat Kohli on Sunday (December 03) became the first captain to register six double centuries in Test cricket. With it, he goes past Brian Lara’s record of five double tons as a captain. Resuming on an overnight score of 156, the Indian captain on the morning of day two reached the milestone. Kohli, who scored 213 in Nagpur, also became the second Indian batsman after Vinod Kambli to score consecutive double-hundreds.
Kohli, who now has six double hundreds, has drawn level with Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag as the Indian batsmen with most double centuries. Meanwhile, the right-hander sits joint fifth in the world on most double hundreds list along with Marvan Atapattu, Javed Miandad, Younis Khan, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar. The list is topped by Don Bradman (12), followed by Kumar Sangakkara (11), Brian Lara (9), Wally Hammond and Mahela Jayawardene (7).
On day one, Kohli went past 5,000 Test runs and became the fourth fastest Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar (95 innings), Virender Sehwag (98) & Sachin Tendulkar (103) to reach the milestone.
Most Double Centuries in Test Cricket
Batsmen With Consecutive Double Centuries
|Wally Hammond||Australia||251 & 200||1928-29|
|Don Bradman||England||254 & 334||1930|
|Wally Hammond||New Zealand||227 & 336*||1932-33|
|Don Bradman||England||304 & 244||1934|
|Don Bradman||England||270 & 212||1936-37|
|Vinod Kambli||England & Zimbabwe||224 & 227||1992-93|
|Graeme Smith||England||277 & 259||2003|
|Thilan Samaraweera||Pakistan||231 & 214||2009|
|Brendon McCullum||India||224 & 204|| 2014|
|Virat Kohli||Sri Lanka||213 & 206*||2017|
Also on the opening day, Kohli became the first captain to score a century in each of a three-match series.
Kohli, who is going strong, also went past 500 runs in the series and thus became only second Indian, after Sunil Gavaskar, to score 500 runs in three or more Test series.
Close to lunch on day two, India continued to extend their domination and were nearing the 500-run mark. Meanwhile, Kohli’s stand with Rohit Sharma, who scored the half-century as well, was also past 100-run mark.