5 records broken by Virat Kohli during his knock of 200
Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli carried forward his outstanding form from the shorter formats of the game into the purest version of the game with a classy knock of 200 that has put the visitors firmly in command of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. The West Indies legend himself was in attendance at the venue named after him and was full in awe of Kohli’s knock which he described as ‘classy’.
Coming into bat at No 3 after the early dismissal of Murali Vijay, not only did Kohli steady the ship for India, he also helped to push up the run-rate after the incredibly slow start by the Indian openers. Kohli’s double century, comprising of 24 boundaries came off just 283 balls and was typical of his aggressive nature helping India make a statement early on in the four-match series against West Indies.
Kohli’s incredible run of form over the past year or so has seen him break many records and this knock was no exception as a number of milestones were achieved during the classy double-century.
#1 Kohli’s maiden Test double century
Virat Kohli’s 200 is his highest ever score in Test match cricket beating the previous best of 169 he registered against Australia during the Boxing Day Test in 2014 in Melbourne, which incidentally turned out to be MS Dhoni’s final appearance in the longer format of the game.
Kohli has time and again spoken of his ambition to score big hundreds and he sounded visibly relieved after his knock yesterday.
“Getting a double hundred gives me a lot of satisfaction purely because of the fact that I have missed a couple of big scores in the past. I know I have the ability to get big hundreds,” he said.
Kohli’s highest scores in Test cricket
|Score||Opposition||Venue||Match start date|
|200||West Indies||Sir Vivian Richards Ground, Antigua||21 July 2016|
|169||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||26 December 2014|
|147||Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||6 January 2015|
|141||Australia||Adelaide Oval||9 December 2014|
|119||South Africa||Johannesburg||18 December 2013|
As evident from the above table, Kohli has been more impressive overseas which makes him a truly great batsman.