Virat Kohli hits record sixth Test double century, second in a row

first_imgVirat Kohli brought up yet another double ton as India continued to dominate Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series. He now becomes the only captain to score six double hundreds. He had eqaulled Brian Lara with his previous double century in Nagpur.Kohli pulled Suranga Lakmal and ran two to bring up his sixth double century in whites during the third Test against the Lankans at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.He overtook Rahul Dravid, who has five double hundreds, and now equals Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar for most double tons for India in Test cricket.Kohli is the fourth batsman to hit successive double hundreds and second Indian to do so.Kohli, who was unbeaten on 156 at stumps on Day 1, had to watch the last session out on Saturday because the hosts lost two late wickets on Day 1. However, he started Day 2 slowly before settling in and hitting the bowlers around the park. Once settled in, Kohli eased into his game and brought up his second double ton of the series in the 108the over.Runs galore for King Kohli as he brings up his 6th double ton in Test cricket #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2017Back to back double ?? for King Kohli #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2017He hit 20 fours in his innings so far.On Day 1, Kohli and in-form Murali Vijay were involved in a massive 283-run stand to deflate Sri Lanka and help India score 371/4 at stumps.advertisementThe 29-year-old was simply unstoppable as the right-hander scored at nearly a run a ball, treating the weekend crowd to some exciting shot-making.Gamage was on the receiving end of Kohli’s sublime batting in an eventful 37th over when the batsman hit the bowler for three boundaries – a drive through extra cover, followed by a leg glance and an imperious pull in front of square.The run machine continues. Three consecutive 100s for @imVkohli #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017He reached the three-figure mark with a single off off-spinner Dilruwan Perera as India reached 264/2 in the 62nd over after opting to bat first.In the process, he surpassed Sachin Tendulkar (107) to become the second fastest Indian batsman to score 20 hundreds in Test cricket. Sunil Gavaskar heads the list having reached the milestone in just 93 innings while Kohli got there in his 105th innings.He also became the quickest to complete 52 international centuries across formats, achieving the feat in his 350th innings to beat South African Hashim Amla’s record of 378 innings.Overall, Kohli is placed in fifth place behind Don Bradman (55), Gavaskar (93), Matthew Hayden (95) and Steve Smith (99).He also went past 5000 Test runs and became the fourth-quickest Indian to achieve the feat in his 105th innings. Not only that, he also smashed 3000 Test runs as captain — the third Indian skipper after MS Dhoni and Gavaskar to achieve the feat.last_img