Virat Kohli becomes fifth Indian batsman to register two Test double tons in a year


Statistical highlights on day two of the third cricket Test between India and New Zealand, here today. Virat Kohli has become the first Indian skipper to hit two double centuries in Tests. He has achieved the distinction in the same year in Tests. Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra SinghDhoni were the first four Indian captains to post a double century each in Tests.

Kohli is the fifth Indian batsman to register two double centuries in a year in Tests, joining Sachin Tendulkar (2004 & 2010), Vinod Kambli (1993), Rahul Dravid (2003) and Virender Sehwag (2008). Kohli has become the fourth skipper to post a double century vs New Zealand in Tests, joining Sachin Tendulkar -217 at Ahmedabad in 1999-2000; Allan Border – 205 at Adelaide in 1987-88 and Hanif Mohammad – 203 not out at Lahore in 1964-65.

Kohli’s superb knock is his highest score in Tests, eclipsing the 200 vs West Indies at North Sound in July 2016. He has become the second Indian skipper to post a double century vs New Zealand in Tests – the first being Sachin Tendulkar – 217 at Ahmedabad in 1999-2000.

Kohli has become the fourth Indian captain to record two innings of 150 or more in the same year in Tests – the distinguished captains being Vijay Hazare (1951), Sunil Gavaskar (1978), Mohammad Azharuddin (1990) and Virat Kohli (2016).

# Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were involved in a stand of 365 – India’s highest fourth-wicket partnership in Tests, obliterating the 353 between VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar vs Australia at Sydney in January 2004.

# The partnership is India’s fifth highest for any wicket in Tests – their second highest for any wicket vs New Zealand next only to the 413 for the first wicket between Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy at Chennai in January 1956.

# Kohli and Rahane have faced 672 balls – the most number of balls faced by an Indian pair in Tests, surpassing the 658 balls faced by Pujara and Vijay during their 370-run partnership for the second wicket vs Australia at Hyderabad in March 2013.

# The balls faced by Kohli and Rahane are the most by any pair in a partnership vs New Zealand in Tests.# Ajinkya Rahane (188 off 381 balls) has recorded his highest score in Tests, eclipsing the 147 vs Australia at Melbourne in December 2014.# Rahane is averaging fifty-plus for the first time in Tests – his aggregate being 2186 runs (ave.50.83), including eight centuries and nine fifties, in 29 Tests.

# Among the players with 2,000 runs or more in Tests, Rahane is the fourth Indian batsmen to average fifty-plus in Tests – the top three being Sachin Tendulkar (53.78), Rahul Dravid (52.63) and Sunil Gavaskar (51.12)

# Rahane, with 567 runs at an average of 81.00, including two centuries and two fifties, in seven Tests, is the top run-getter for India in Tests this year.

# Rahane’s average of 81.00 is the highest by an Indian batsman in Tests this year.