New Delhi: In an unusual scene, Sri Lankan players were spotted wearing masks to counter the pollution in Delhi during the ongoing third and final Test at Feroz Shah Kotla. The pollution in Delhi has been in the news for a long time and now has affected a cricket match as well. The poor air quality even forced Dinesh Chandimal to have a serious discussion with Virat Kohli and on-field umpires. After long deliberations, which resulted in around 15-minute delay, it was decided that the match would continue.
Meanwhile, after delay Sri Lanka were successful in removing Ravi Ashwin. Kohli, who completed his sixth double century, however, was going strong as he registered his career-best score.
The 29-year-old Indian thus surpassed West Indies great Brian Lara, who held the record previously with five double tons in Tests. India’s current ‘Milestone Man’, who had emulated Rahul Dravid with his previous double century in Nagpur, today equalled Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag for a maximum number of double hundreds for India in Tests.
Tendulkar had scored six double centuries, while Sehwag hit a record four double and two triple tons for India.
Playing in his 63rd Test, Kohli scored his record sixth Test double hundred on the second day of the ongoing third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla here. This is also the second double century on the trot for the Indian captain.
Kohli pulled pacer Suranga Lakmal and ran two to bring up his sixth double century in 238 balls, which included 20 boundaries.
He is also only the second Indian after Vinod Kambli to score back-to-back double hundreds. In 1993, the former left-handed batsman had scored 224 against England in Mumbai and 227 against Zimbabwe in Delhi.
(With PTI inputs)