“On The Way To Become Legend, Kohli Become The First Indian Skipper To Score A Double Century”
Virat Kohli ended the drought of runs in this current series against New Zealand with a flawless double hundred, his second in Test cricket. This was also his second double ton in a year with the first one coming against West Indies in July in Antigua.
Kohli’s double ton off 347 balls was laced with 18 boundaries. He has become the first Indian captain to score two double centuries in Test cricket.
The Indian captain had got to his hundred in the last session of day one of the third Test in Indore and remaining unbeaten on 103. On day two, Kohli continued in the same vein by dominating the Kiwi bowlers, especially post lunch after getting to 150. After that there was no stopping him, as he kept on adding to his score and the team’s total. (Ajinkya Rahane shows class with 8th Test hundred)
Kohli came to the crease after India were 60/2 in the first session of day one. He was involved in a 40-run stand for the third wicket with Pujara before the latter fell for 41. He was then joined by Ajinkya Rahane and the duo dominated the New Zealand bowling attack.
|Gavaskar||205||West Indies||Mumbai WS||1978-79|
|Kohli||200||West Indies||North Stand||2016-17|
Kohli’s last hundred came when he slammed his maiden double ton in the West Indies in July. He has since struggled with scores of 44, 3, 4, 9, 18, 9, 45. He averaged 18.85 in his last seven innings, since his 200 in Antigua. Kohli had a great chance to have the highest score by a captain, which is held by MS Dhoni (224) but fell on 211 just after tea break, trapped lbw by Jeetan Patel.