'Run Machine' Virat Kohli is 'Don' of a new era as he jumps over 'The Wall'
Indian captain Virat Kohli continues his unbelievable record-breaking spree and in the process joined a very elite and exclusive club that has cricket legends like Sir Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid
India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates his 200 runs during the test match against Bangladesh at Uppal Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday. Pic/PTI
Indian captain Virat Kohli continued his unbelievable record-breaking spree on Friday and joined a very elite and exclusive club that has cricket legends like Sir Donald Bradman, Rahul Dravid, Graeme Smith, Michael Clarke and Brian Lara as the undisputed leader.
Kohli joined the club when he breached the 200-run mark on day 2 at Hyderabad against Bangladesh on Friday. The 28-year-old thus has become the first batsman in Test history to score double centuries in four successive series.
The Team India skipper has now gone past Australian legend Donald Bradman and India's very own Rahul Dravid, who both got double tons in three consecutive series.
Kohli hit his maiden double hundred (200) at North Sound against the West Indies in July last year followed by 211 against New Zealand at Indore in October. This was followed by his current career-best score of 235 against England in Mumbai in December and now 204 against Bangladesh.
Kohli started Day 2 from his overnight 111 and then scored his fourth 200 -- that too in the fourth consecutive series.
The purple patch Kohli has hit has seen him set a new record of having scored the most runs in a home series.
He had broken the record for most runs by a batsman in a home Test season on Day 1 itself, surpassing former team-mate Virender Sehwag's mark of 1105 in 2004-05.
He was eventually dismissed for 204 in the second session. Kohli was finally trapped lbw off Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam and walked off to a standing ovation from a raucous home crowd.
India's captain Virat Kohli kisses the field after scoring his maiden double-century during day two of the first cricket Test match against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua in July 2016. Pic/AP/PTI
Kohli had also scored double centuries in his three most recent series against West Indies, New Zealand and England before reaching the 200-run mark in the ongoing one-off Test in Hyderabad.
Kohli, who shared a 222-run fourth-wicket stand with Ajinkya Rahane, hit 24 boundaries during his 246-ball knock against a hapless Bangladesh attack.
India's Virat Kohli during his masterful unbeaten knock on the first day of the Test cricket match between India and Bangladesh at The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. Pic/AFP
Kohli has also joined a special group and is the first captain in that select gathering to score three double hundreds in a season. Five other captains have scored two double tons in one season. They are:
- Don Bradman (1936-37)
- Graeme Smith (2003)
- Brian Lara (2003-04)
- Michael Clarke (2011-12)
- Michael Clarke (2012-13)
- Brendon McCullum (2013-14)
Kohli on Thursday completed 1000 runs in Tests played at home this season. In doing so he has to become only the third Indian batsmans and only middle-order one to achieve the feat. The others who achieved this record Virender Sehwag and Sunil Gavaskar, both openers.
Kohli also became the third batsman to score a double century at Hyderabad's Uppal Stadium after New Zealand's Brendon McCullum (225) and team-mate Cheteshwar Pujara (201). He averages over 50 in 54 Test matches with 16 hundreds and 14 half centuries. His highest score remains the 235 in the Mumbai Test against England last year.