‘Setting new benchmarks’ – Virat Kohli hailed for record double-century
Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)

Virat Kohli notched up a record seventh double-century in Test cricket, remaining unbeaten on 254 as India declared their first innings on 601/5 of the second Test against South Africa in Pune on Friday. Kohli now has the most Test double hundreds by any Indian batsmen, surpassing Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar (six each).

During his knock, Kohli also completed 7,000 runs in the format, going past the legendary Don Bradman.

Overall, in the list of most test double-centuries in history, Kohli is joint-fourth alongside Wally Hammond and Mahela Jayawardene. The record is held by Bradman with 11 double-tons followed by Kumar Sangakkara (11) and Brian Lara (9).

Kohli struck 33 fours and two sixes while consuming 336 deliveries.

Several current and former international Indian cricketers congratulated Kohli on his ‘stupendous’ knock.

India batsman Shikhar Dhawan wrote: “Congratulations @imVkohli bro on your stupendous innings and a record of 7 double centuries.”

Batting legend VVS Laxman hailed Kohli for executing his gameplan.  “Take a bow @imVkohli One more 200 and one more example of how to play & build long innings. Great exhibition of determination, concentration, stroke play and more importantly how to execute your gameplan. Hope young cricketers are watching and learning. #INDvsSA,” Laxman tweeted.

Tendulkar wished both Kohli and Mayank Agarwal who scored a second straight Test hundred. “Congrats to @imVkohli on his double hundred and @mayankcricket for his hundred. Well played guys. Keep it up!#INDvsSA.”

Mohammad Kaif wrote, “Congratulations #KingKohli on a record 7th double ton. Setting new benchmarks and raising your own high standards, a real champion @imVkohli”

India reduced South Africa to 36/3 by the close of play to tighten their grip over the second Test.