Indian captain Virat Kohli has now broken the record for the most number of double centuries by an Indian in Test Match cricket at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium, Pune, on Friday. Kohli notched up his seventh double hundred in Test matches and in the process surpassed Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of six double hundreds in red-ball cricket.
The right-handed batsman also equalled England’s Wally Hammond and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene’s tally of double hundreds in all whites. In the list of most double hundreds, the 30-year-old now finds himself fourth, while Don Bradman with 12 double hundreds in his illustrious career sits atop. He is closely followed by Kumar Sangakkara (11) and Brian Lara (9).
What a player!@imVkohli brings up his 7th Double Hundred 👏👏#INDvSA pic.twitter.com/vDgOIRhNOW
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Kohli went on to break several other records during his innings. He became the fastest Indian to complete 1000 Test runs against South Africa as he reached there in just his 19th innings. The previous record-holder was Sehwag, who had reached there in 20 innings.
The Delhi-lad even went past Don Bradman’s tally of most 150 plus scored as captain of the team. While Bradman had managed eight in his career, Kohli already has nine.
During his innings, he also went on to become the seventh Indian batsman to score 7,000 Test runs. Earlier, Kohli had become the second-fastest Indian batsman and the fourth fastest ever to reach 26 Test tons. His 178-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane also became the highest fourth-wicket partnership for India-South Africa matches.