It was an amazing day at the office for Virat Kohli at Pune. The flamboyant batsman smashed his career-best tally of 254 runs on the board. By doing so, he becomes the fifth Indian cricketer to score 250+ score in an innings.
After missing out on a big individual score in the previous contest, Indian skipper Virat Kohli returned to his supreme best in the second Test between India and South Africa. Leading the side from the front, the right-handed batsman completed his seventh Test double ton on Friday.
Virat Kohli scored career-best 254*:
Riding on the luck, the Indian skipper went on to smash 254 to his name. Earlier, it was Virender Sehwag, Karun Nair, VVS Laxman, and Rahul Dravid cross the mark during their careers. The swashbuckling opening batsman Virender Sehwag alone scored 4 such scores during his stellar career.
Virender Sehwag registered 319, 309, 293 and 254 runs in his four times while VVS Laxman’s 281 is an evergreen knock. Later, Karun Nair smashed a triple century against England, which made him the second Indian cricketer to ever score a double century.
With that Kohli also notched up 7000 Test runs to become the joint fourth fastest to the milestone along with Gary Sobers and Kumar Sangakkara. All of them had taken 138 innings to reach 7000 Test runs.
During the course, Virat Kohli also equaled former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting by scoring the most number of centuries as Test captain. However, after a fine time, Virat Kohli got a considerable total to his name. He missed to make it big in the West Indies and also failed to make things fall in place in Visakhapatnam as well.
And also, he broke the record for the most double centuries scored by an Indian in the longest format of the game. The previous record was held jointly by Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, who had smashed six 200-plus innings scores in their illustrious career.