IND v SA: Virat Kohli breaks records with his double-century
Virat Kohli broke many records with his 254* against South Africa on Day 2 of the second Test match in Pune. Right hand batsman recorded his first ton against South Africa at home.
The Indian captain has completed his 7000 runs in Test cricket to become joint-fourth fastest to the landmark. Wally Hammond (134 inns) is leading the charts along with Virender Sehwag (134), Sachin Tendulkar (136) while Kumar Sangakkara, Garry Sobers and Virat Kohli have taken 138 innings to achieve that milestone.
The 30-year-old has scored double centuries against 6 different teams which is the joint-most with Sri Lanka’s great Kumar Sangakkara and Pakistan’s legend Younis Khan. 254 not out was also his best score in red ball cricket.
7 double centuries by Kohli – the most by an Indian player. He has surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag – they had scored 6 double hundreds. Overall Virat is on the fourth position in the charts alongside Wally Hammond and Mahela Jayawardene for most double centuries in Test cricket just behind Australia’s legend Don Bradman (12), Kumar Sangakkara (11) and Brian Lara (9).
Kohli has now equalled the record of Most number of hundreds for a Test captain with Australia’s Ricky Ponting, who also had scored 19 tons as a captain. Virat and Ricky occupied the second spot while South Africa’s Graeme Smith holds the first position with 25 Test centuries to his name as a leader.