IN SHORT: Virat Kohli scores a double century in the 2nd test against Sri Lanka – the 5th double century of his career. He is now 44th on the list of most test centuries.
FULL STORY: It’s becoming a routine of sorts, for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Every time he walks out to bat, Indian cricket fans around the world expect him to get to a century – the last cricketer who had to bat with such enormous expectations was the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
However, we must admit that Virat is living up to these expectations because he himself wants to score a hundred each time he marks his guard at the crease. In the ongoing home series against Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli made a bad start, getting out for a duck 🦆.
After that, he made a comeback and how!
He smashed an unbeaten century in the 2nd innings of that test which was eventually drawn. In the 2nd test as well, Virat wanted to continue his good form and he did exactly that. After Murali Vijay (128) & Cheteshwar Pujara (143) already scored centuries, the Indian captain decided to cash in as well.
It was the second session of Day 3 and Kohli went past hundred yet again, registering his 19th century in test cricket, and he seemed determined to keep going and get a big score. With today’s innings, Kohli also registered his 10th international century of the calendar year (2017), becoming the first captain ever to have done that (he went past Ricky Ponting, who had 9 in a year).
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Virat, who generally prefers to deal in boundaries, decided to go big and just managed to clear the rope to bring up his 150. His heart would’ve been in his mouth for a couple of seconds, but it did manage to go for six. He then got into a big partnership with Rohit Sharma, after ending the mammoth one with Pujara.
Virat Kohli scores his 5th double ton
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He was dismissed in the 170th over as he decided to get a move on with things. He needed 238 to reach 5,000 test career runs, but was caught on the boundary for 213(267) – a truly magnificent innings. After flirting with a test average of 50 for quite a while, Kohli has now established himself above 50. He is the only current batsman in the world to have a 50+ average in all three formats.
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