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Virat Kohli passes Don Bradman as records tumble on Day Two



Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli.

Pune: Indian captain Virat Kohli has moved past batting royalty like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, scoring his seventh Test double century in the second Test against South Africa.

Kohli moved to 200 early in the final session on day two in Pune, joining England great Wally Hammond and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene in scoring seven double tons in Tests.

Only the great Sir Donald Bradman (12), Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara (11) and West Indies icon Brian Lara (nine) have posted more scores of 200 or more in Test cricket.

Tendulkar, Ponting, Younis Khan, Javed Miandad, Virender Sehwag and Marvan Atapattu all scored six double hundreds.

Playing his 81st Test, Kohli also reached the milestone of 7000 career runs on Friday, moving past Bradman’s iconic figure of 6996 runs that came in 52 Tests.

The Indian skipper is the equal-fourth fastest man in history to the 7000-run mark, levelling Sangakarra and West Indian Sir Gary Sobers in achieving the mark in 138 innings. Hammond’s mark of 131 innings remains the benchmark.

Remarkably, Kohli’s seven double tons have come in the space of just 40 Tests since his first in July 2016, during which time he’s averaged almost 67 with the bat.

For context, Bradman’s 12 double tons came in 52 career Tests.

In his 50th match as skipper, the 30-year-old posted his ninth score beyond 150 as Test skipper, breaking Bradman’s record of eight.

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