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Virat Kohli set many a record with his 243 in the third Test of the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi © IANS

Virat Kohli set many a record with his 243 in the third Test of the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. One of them — one that went largely unnoticed — was the fact that he scored a double-hundred at Delhi, his city of birth. This is not as common a feat as it may sound: only three Indians — Sunil Gavaskar, Vinod Kambli, and Gautam Gambhir — have done this. Bombay (now Mumbai) and Delhi are the only Indian cities to have witnessed the feat. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 3rd Test at Delhi

The full list excludes cricketers (perhaps unfairly) who have not been born at a city (or even a country) that has a Test ground. Perhaps going by local team would have been a better idea. But then, cricketers often switch allegiances, which make them harder to classify.

A note on birthplaces may not be out of place here. Let us consider Michael Clarke, who was technically born in Liverpool, a suburb of Sydney. While Sydney is exactly not his hometown (though it is, for all practical purposes), I have made such allowances.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, on the other hand, hails from Unity Village, 20 miles away from Georgetown. I have left his innings out. Here, then, is the complete list:

Test double-hundreds in city of birth

Batsman Score Team Against City Venue Season Result Notes on birthplace
Michael Clarke 329* Australia India Sydney SCG 2011-12 Won Liverpool, suburb of Sydney
Mahela Jayawardene 374 Sri Lanka South Africa Colombo Sinhalese SC 2006 Won
Bob Cowper 307 Australia England Melbourne MCG 1965-66 Draw Kew, suburb of Melbourne
Graeme Pollock 274 South Africa Australia Durban Kingsmead 1969-70 Won
Graham Yallop 268 Australia Pakistan Melbourne MCG 1952-53 Draw Balwyn, suburb of Melbourne
Dave Houghton 266 Zimbabwe Sri Lanka Bulawayo Queens SC 1994-95 Draw
Virat Kohli 243 India Sri Lanka Delhi Feroz Shah Kotla 2017-18
Mahela Jayawardene 242 Sri Lanka India Colombo Sinhalese SC 1998-99 Draw
Graham Dowling 239 New Zealand India Christchurch Lancaster Park 1967-68 Won
Sid Barnes 234 Australia England Sydney SCG 1946-47 Won Annadale, suburb of Sydney
Carl Hooper 233 West Indies India Georgetown Bourda 2002 Draw
Herschelle Gibbs 228 South Africa Pakistan Cape Town Newlands 2002-03 Won Green Point, suburb of Cape Town
Garry Sobers 226 West Indies England Bridgetown Kensington Oval 1959-60 Draw Bayland, almost suburb of Bridgetown
Roshan Mahanama 225 Sri Lanka India Colombo Premadasa 1997 Draw
Jacques Kallis 224 South Africa Sri Lanka Cape Town Newlands 2011-12 Won Pinelands, suburb of Cape Town
Vinod Kambli 224 India England Bombay/Mumbai Wankhede 1993-94 Won
Mohammad Yousuf 223 Pakistan England Lahore Gaddafi Stadium 2005-06 Won
Nathan Astle 222 New Zealand England Christchurch Lancaster Park 2001-02 Lost
Robert Key 221 England West Indies London Lord’s 2004 Won
Clyde Walcott 220 West Indies England Bridgetown Kensington Oval 1953-54 Won New Orleans, suburb of Bridgetown
Lawrence Rowe 214 West Indies New Zealand Sabina Park Kingston 1971-72 Draw
Javed Miandad 211 Pakistan Australia Karachi National Stadium 1988-89 Won
Imtiaz Ahmed 209 Pakistan New Zealand Lahore Gaddafi Stadium 1954-55 Won
Denis Compton 208 England South Africa London Lord’s 1947 Won Hendon, part of Greater London
Gautam Gambhir 206 India Australia Delhi Feroz Shah Kotla 2008 Draw
Javed Miandad 206 Pakistan New Zealand Karachi National Stadium 1976-77 Draw
Aravinda de Silva 206 Sri Lanka Bangladesh Colombo P Sara Oval 2002 Won
Bill Lawry 205 Australia West Indies Melbourne MCG 1968-69 Won Thornbury, suburb of Melbourne
Neil Harvey 205 Australia South Africa Melbourne MCG 1952-53 Lost Kew, suburb of Melbourne
Sunil Gavaskar 205 India West Indies Bombay/Mumbai Wankhede 1978-79 Draw
Hashan Tillakaratne 204* Sri Lanka West Indies Colombo Sinhalese SC 2001-02 Won
Shoaib Mohammad 203* Pakistan New Zealand Karachi National Stadium 1990-91 Won
Brendon Kuruppu 201* Sri Lanka New Zealand Colombo Colombo CC 1987 Draw
Grant Flower 201* Zimbabwe Pakistan Salisbury/Harare Harare SC 1994-95 Won
Syd Gregory 201 Australia England Sydney SCG 1894-95 Lost Moore Park, suburb of Sydney

Syd Gregory deserves special mention for doing this at Sydney. His full name, you see, was Sydney Edward Gregory. Sidney George Barnes will make a claim, too.