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Stats: Virat Kohli becomes the first Indian captain to score two Test double centuries

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Virat Kohli brought up his second double century of the year and in doing so broke an all-time Indian record.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli achieved something that no Indian captain had done before him

Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to score two double centuries in Tests after scoring his second 200, against New Zealand in the third Test at Indore. Earlier in the year, he became the first Indian captain to score an overseas Test double century and now courtesy of his double ton against New Zealand, he becomes the first Indian captain to score two double tons.

Earlier in 2016, when Kohli registered his maiden Test double century, he became only the fifth Indian captain to score a double ton in Tests after MAK Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni.

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All four of them just have a single double century to their name while Kohli now has two and eventually finished on 211 just after Tea on day two against New Zealand and just fell short of the record for the highest score by an Indian captain, which is currently held by MS Dhoni, who scored 224 against Australia at Chennai in 2013.

On the overall list of double centuries, however, he still has some way to go as he is nowhere near the Indian or the world record. As far as the world record for most double centuries go, it is held by Don Bradman, with 12 while Kumar Sangakkara is second on that list with 11 and is the only other batsman apart from Bradman to be in double digits as far as Test double centuries scored are concerned.

While as captain, Brian Lara leads the pack with five Test double centuries. Kohli joined Hashim amla, Ricky Ponting, Javed Miandad and Allan Border with two double centuries as Test captain. Here is the complete list.

Captains with most Test double centuries

NoPlayerTestsDouble centuries
1Brian Lara (West Indies)1315
2Don Bradman (Australia)524
2Michael Clarke (Australia)1154
2Graeme Smith (South Africa)1174
5Bob Simpson (Australia)623
5Greg Chappell (Australia)873
5Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)1013
5Stephen Fleming (New Zealand)1113
5Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)1493

Kohli’s two double centuries as captain are the only two he has in Tests, which puts him joint-fifth on the list of most double centuries by Indians in Tests. Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar both have six double centuries to their name and they lead the list of most double centuries by Indians in Tests, while Rahul Dravid with 5 and Sunil Gavaskar with 4 occupy the next two spots.

In fifth spot with two double centuries are seven players, Kohli being the latest addition to that list. He joins Vinod Kambli, Dilip Sardesai, Wasim Jaffer, Vinoo Mankad, VVS Laxman and teammate Cheteshwar Pujara with two double centuries.

Here is the complete list of Indians with most double centuries in Tests.

Most double centuries by Indians in Tests

NoPlayerTestsDouble centuries
1Virender Sehwag1046
1Sachin Tendulkar2006
3Rahul Dravid1645
4Sunil Gavaskar1254
5Vinod Kambli172
5Dilip Sardesai302
5Wasim Jaffer312
5Cheteshwar Pujara382
5Vinoo Mankad442
5Virat Kohli482
5VVS Laxman1342

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