When it comes to his batting Virat Kohli has stood up to his name-“Virat” which means huge. The 34-year-old has scored runs in tons. The former skipper is a modern-day great. In this piece, we will discuss the double centuries scored by him. He shares the 6th position alongside other Indian batters- Sachin Tendulkar & Virender Sehwag when it comes to scoring double-hundreds.
Don Bradman has scored the most double hundreds (12) while former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman and skipper Kumar Sangakkara scored 11. Virat’s batting is different as compared to these legends as they played in different eras but he has scored some brilliant and classic double-hundreds. Let’s check them out in detail:
List of all Double Centuries Scored by Virat Kohli:
|21st July 2016
|Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
|8th October 2016
|Holkar Cricket Stadium
|8th December 2016
|9th February 2017
|Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
|24th November 2017
|Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
|2nd December 2017
|Arun Jaitley Stadium
|2nd October 2019
|Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
1. 200 vs West Indies in July 2016
The right-hander scored his first double-century in test cricket in July 2016 against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. India batted first and scored 566/8. Kohli hit 24 boundaries in his inning of 200 while Ravichandran Ashwin scored 113.
West Indies were bowled out for 243 and 231 in both innings respectively as India won by an inning and 92 runs. Kohli played some wonderful drives and cut the ball well on the up. The former skipper’s inning was all about neat placement.
2. 211 Vs New Zealand in October 2016
In the next series against New Zealand, Kohli scored his second double-hundred. India batted first and scored 557/5. Kohli scored 211 while Ajinkya Rahane scored 188. New Zealand scored 299 and 153 in both innings respectively.
India won by 321 runs. Kohli hit some beautiful back-foot and front-foot punches. He hit some fine drives on the offside as well as the leg side. The right-hander waited for the ball to come onto the bat as the wicket had slowed down during the second session.
3. 235 Vs England in December 2016
It was Kohli’s third double-century of the year. England scored 400 in the first innings while India replied by scoring 631 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Kohli hit 25 fours in his innings of 235. Murali Vijay and newcomer Jayant Yadav scored 136 and 104 respectively.
England could score just 196 in the second innings as India won by an innings and 36 runs. Kohli scored some cracking cover drives and pulled the ball brilliantly that offered help to the pacers. The former skipper didn’t try to hit the ball too hard and just directed the ball into the gaps.
4. 204 Vs Bangladesh in February 2017
Kohli scored his 4th double-hundred in February 2017 against Bangladesh at Hyderabad. India declared the innings at 687/6. Opener Murali Vijay and wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha scored 108 and 106* respectively. Bangladesh needed 459 in the fourth innings to win the match but were bowled out for 250.
Kohli played another superlative innings. He played the spinners quite well and looked spot on square of the wicket with his timing. The right-hander was lightning-quick while running between the wickets.
5. 213 Vs Sri Lanka in November 2017
Kohli was at the top of his game once again. The 34-year-old used the depth of the crease quite well and tried to play the ball late initially when the wicket was slow at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur. The right-hander played Sri Lanka spinners quite well with his drives and late cuts.
India declared the inning at 610/6 with Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Rohit Sharma scoring big runs (128, 143, and 102* respectively). Sri Lanka were bowled out for 166 in the first innings as India won by an inning and 239 runs.
6. 243 Vs Sri Lanka in December 2017
Kohli scored yet another brilliant century as India declared at 536/7. The right-hander cut the ball well on the up and played some fine on-drives. The 34-year-old flicked the ball well with his wrist work as he waited for the ball till the last moment.
India declared at 536/7 with Murali Vijay again scoring a big hundred (155). Sri Lanka made 373 in the first inning. India declared at 246/5 giving Sri Lanka a target of 410. Sri Lanka scored 299/5 in the fourth inning as the match ended in a draw.
7. 254* Vs South Africa in October 2019
India declared at 601/5 on the back of an outstanding 254* from Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal’s 108 at Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Kohli looked in cracking form hitting 33 fours and 2 sixes. This could be his one of the best innings in his test career so far.
Kohli pulled the ball well and played some sublime cover drives. He was equally strong on the leg side. The right-hander attacked the South African bowlers right from the start. The Proteas scored 275 & 189 in both innings respectively as India won by an inning and 137 runs.