‘Run machine’ Virat Kohli turns out to be ‘double century machine’ as he hammers a sixth double century in the second Test against Sri Lanka on his home turf Delhi. All his 200s have come in last 17 months.
Kohli hit his 20th Test century in his 105th innings on day one of Delhi Test. He finished on 156* in the first day. Being on brink of yet another double ton, he achieved the milestone in 238 balls on day two morning.
The Indian skipper has now the most 200s in Tests as captain. He scored all the six double tons as captain. He broke Brian Lara’s record of 5 double tons.
Kohli scored 211 in the previous Test in Nagpur. With a 287-ball 243, he became the sixth batsman to score double centuries in consecutive innings. Wally Hammond (twice), Don Bradman, Vinod Kambli, Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Clarke were the previous ones to achieve the feat.
Kohli has equalled Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag’s tally of six double tons for India in Tests. Since Kohli got his maiden double ton against West Indies in 2016, no other captain managed a 200.
Kohli’s debut Test score was 4. He has beaten his own high score 14 times, the most. His previous career-best score was 235 against England in 2016. Dilip Vangesakar broke his high score 11 times while Mushtaq Ahmed, Damien Martyn, Jacques Kallis and Kumar Sangakkara did it 10 times each.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com