Virat Kohli struck his career-best 254 not out against South Africa on the second day of the second Test in Pune on Friday (October 11). Thanks to his marathon knock, India declared at 601/5 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium. In reply, the visitors were reduced to 36/3 at stumps
Pune: After scoring a record seventh double century in Tests, India captain Virat Kohli has picked his top-two 200s among them.
Kohli struck his career-best 254 not out against South Africa on the second day of the second Test in Pune on Friday (October 11). Thanks to his marathon knock, India declared at 601/5 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium. In reply, the visitors were reduced to 36/3 at stumps.
It was a day when Kohli broke records. He now holds record for the most number of Test double centuries by an Indian. He went past Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who had hit six apiece.
Happy to get a daddy hundred: @imVkohli tells @RajalArora— BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2019
The Indian captain spoke about his epic double century & picked his top two Test double hundreds in his career so far.
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In a video posted on the official website of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Kohli reflected on his knock.
Also read: Full list of records broken by Virat Kohli
"Feels great obviously. It's a nice little thing to become the Indian batsman with the most number of double centuries in Tests. I used to struggle initially to get big scores, but as soon as I became the captain, I started to think about the team. And when it happens you end up batting more than you can imagine," the 30-year-old said.
The Delhi right-hander picked his top-two double hundreds out of the seven.
"Overall, I am very happy. It was a very dominating day for us again. We are in a top position. If you keep thinking about the team, you just do whatever is best. All double centuries are great, but if you ask me, my top two double hundreds would be against West Indies (200) in Antigua and against England (235) in Mumbai," Kohli, who also completed 7,000 Test runs, said.
Kohli said the team wanted to score 600. He also praised all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja who scored 91.
"The plan was simple, we wanted to score 600 as soon as possible. Jaddu (Jadeja) also batted brilliantly. He played with a great tempo, and it allowed me to bat in a normal manner. I did not have to take many risks and the partnership flourished between me and Jaddu. We got three wickets by the end of the day as well, so it was a very satisfying day. We wanted to attack and be positive," the skipper said.
India lead the three-Test series 1-0. The final Test is in Ranchi from October 19.
Virat Kohli's double hundreds in Tests
243 vs Sri Lanka, Delhi, 2017/18
235 vs England, Mumbai, 202016/17
213 vs Sri Lanka, Nagpur, 2017/18
211 vs New Zealand, Indore, 2016/17
204 vs Bangladesh, Hyderabad, 2016/17
200 vs West Indies, North Sound, 2016
254 not out vs South Africa, Pune, 2019
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Last Updated Oct 12, 2019, 11:51 AM IST