With every passing day, Virat Kohli’s stature as arguably the best batsman in the world at the moment is only rising and it went one notch higher on Sunday (November 26) when the India skipper played a sublime knock of 213 in the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka at Nagpur.
The 29-year old scored his double off 259 balls with the help of 15 fours and two sixes before miscuing a flighted delivery off Dilruwan Perera to be caught at long on for 213. Starting the day on 54, Kohli looked at ease right from the word go as he wowed the crowd to a brilliant exhibition of controlled aggression. Playing every ball on its merit, Kohli scored at a very fine rate to score his fifth double century in Tests.
The double century extended the remarkable run for Kohli in the longest format of the game since he scored his first double century last year. Against the West Indies, he registered his first 200 at North Sound Antigua before scoring 211 against New Zealand in Indore, 235 against England in Mumbai and 204 against Bangladesh in Hyderabad.
The knock, meanwhile, helped Kohli to equal as well break a plethora of records. So here is a look at all the milestones achieved by the India skipper:
1. After slamming his 12 Test century in Tests as skipper, Kohli surpassed the legendary Sunil Gavaskar to become the India skipper with most centuries in the longest format of the game.
2. The 29-year equalled Brian Lara’s record of most double centuries in Tests after scoring his fifth double ton.
3. With 15961 runs to his name, Kohli overtook his predecessor MS Dhoni to become India’s fifth leading run scorer in international cricket.
4. Kohli became the first captain to score 10 centuries in a calendar year, breaking Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith’s record of most centuries in a year as a captain. Both the players had scored 9 centuries in a year.
5. Kohli’s 213 is the highest score by an Indian captain against Sri Lanka in Tests.
6. Kohli has now six 150-plus score as captain, most by any Indian captain.
7. After scoring his 19th fifty-plus score this year, Kohli equalled Rahul Dravid’s record of most fifty-plus scores in a calendar year as Indian captain.