Kohli scored 243 in the first innings, 50 in the second    Getty Images
Kohli scored 243 in the first innings, 50 in the second Getty Images

As India played Sri Lanka in the final Test of the three-match series, Virat Kohli became the second Indian captain, after Sunil Gavaskar, to score a double-century and a fifty in two innings of a Test. Kohli scored 243 in the first innings at Feroz Shah Kotla before India declared their innings for 536 for 7. Later, he scored 50 and got out before India declared their second innings for 246 for 5, setting a 410-run target for Sri Lanka.

Gavaskar had achieved the feat against West Indies in in 1978, scoring 205 and 73 in the two innings of the Mumbai Test. Kohli thus becomes the seventh captain to have done this, after Mark Taylor, Graham Gooch, Graeme Smith, Stephen Flemming, Ricky Ponting and Gavaskar.

Player 1st Inns 2nd Inns Total Against Venue
Mark Taylor 334* 92 426 v Pakistan Peshawar
Graham Gooch 333 123 456 v India Lord’s
Graeme Smith 277 85 362 v England Birmingham
Stephen Fleming 274* 69* 343 v Sri Lanka Colombo (PSS)
Virat Kohli 243 50 293 v Sri Lanka Delhi
Ricky Ponting 209 89 298 v Pakistan Hobart
Sunil Gavaskar 205 73 278 v West Indies Mumbai

Kohli now holds the record of the most double-hundreds (6) by a captain, surpassing Brian Lara (5). He is now at par with Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, having scored most career double-hundreds as an Indian cricketer.