- Indian skipper Virat Kohli broke Don Bradman's record for most number of 150+ scored by a captain
- Kohli also broke Sachin Tendulkar and Virendra Sehwag's record for most double tons by Indian batsmen in test cricket. Kohli also recorded his highest test score.
- India have posted a massive total of 601/5 for South Africa to chase
Indian skipper Virat Kohli shattered yet another record by scoring his seventh Test double century in the test match against South Africa. In the process, he also surpassed legendary batsman Don Bradman’s feat for the most number of 150+ runs scored by a captain. The Indian skipper was tied with Don Bradman before the 2nd day of the second test match here in Pune. Moreover, he also surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and Virendra Sehwag‘s records of six double centuries. At 254, it was also Kohli’s highest score in Test cricket.
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Virat Kohli: The Record Breaker!
On day one of the ongoing test series in Pune, India had lost three wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara. Mayank scored an impressive knock of 108 with Sharma, who got out early for 14 runs, and Pujara who added another 58 runs for the team. Kagiso Rabada had already dismissed the top 3 batsmen of the Indian squad. Kohli and Rahane had to ensure that no more wickets were lost and ended the day with an unbeaten 63 and 18 runs respectively.
Kohli walked out on the 2nd day tied with the legendary Don Bradman who had the record for the most number of 150+ runs scored by a skipper. Post lunch, Virat Kohli upped his tempo and blitzed past the 150 runs score mark which handed him the coveted record.
Ajinkya Rahane got out for 59 off 168 balls, after building momentum with Kohli from the end of the first day to the second day. In came Ravindra Jadeja, who also proved to be a loyal partner to Kohli and scored 91 runs in 104 deliveries. Captain Kohli decided to end the South African bowler’s misery and declared the first innings after posting a huge 601 runs on the scoreboard. Kohli remained unbeaten with a score of 254 in 336 deliveries, off which he scored 33 runs in 4’s and only hit two sixes.
Virat Kohli also over-took Sachin Tendulkar and Virendra Sehwag in the most number of doubletons scored by an Indian batsman in the test match. Both Sehwag and Sachin had scored 6 double tons each. In this process, Kohli also got past his previous highest test total. This guy is an absolute run machine!
Following the lead given by the Indian team, South Africa end the 2nd day with 36 runs on the board having lost 3 wickets.