India dominated the field for the second successive day in the ongoing game versus Sri Lanka in the third and final Test. The home side declared at 536/7 after the game faced constant disruptions due to players having breathing problems thanks to the smog in Delhi.
Virat Kohli carried out his scintillating form and made sure to break a series of records before being dismissed for a well fought 243 – his sixth double century in the last 18 months.
Playing in Delhi, the local boy broke six records. The India skipper scored 6 double hundreds in tests in the last 18 months equaling the Indian record for most double centuries. Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag scored six double hundreds each as well.
Kohli is the first captain with the most double hundreds surpassing Brian Lara’s 5 in 85 innings while at the helm of the West Indies. Kohli achieved his milestone in only 50 innings. Before Kohli took charge, there were just four double hundreds by Indian captains in Tests.
Kohli is now the sixth player overall and second from India after Vinod Kambli to hit double hundreds in successive innings. He scored 213 in the second Test of the series in Nagpur in his last match. Wally Hammond is the only other player to achieve this feat twice.
This was the sixth time a batsman scored three double hundreds in one calendar year and Kohli became the first to do so in two years. Kohli had three 200 plus scores last year as well. His 243 is the highest individual score by any Indian captain in Tests. Kohli broke his own record when he was at 235 - scored against England at the Wankhede last season.
Kohli became the 13th player to hit two or more double hundreds in a single series. He took 50 innings to reach 3000 runs as a captain in Tests. Currently the third Indian skipper to reach that mark after Sunil Gavaskar and MS Dhoni.