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Sir Viv Richards floored by Virat Kohli's 'classy' double ton

India Today logo India Today 23-07-2016
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Virat Kohli on Friday became the first Indian captain to score a double hundred away from home. Continuing in his rich vein of form, Kohli played a chanceless knock to score 200 off 283 balls and put India in a commanding position against West Indies in Antigua.

West Indies great Sir Viv Richards was floored by the Indian skipper's majestic double hundred that was studded with 24 fours.

"I think it was a magnificent hundred and to score a double at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, it was a formidable task to achieve. I remember when I met him, I did say good luck but I didn't believe he would take it this far," Viv Richards told BCCI.TV.

Watch: Virat Kohli's double century makes history

En route his maiden double century, Kohli broke a plethora of records and also completed 3000 runs in Test cricket.

Viv Richards was highly impressed by Kohli's temperament and even labelled his innings as "classy". He had earlier lauded Kohli saying that the 27-year-old batsman has transformed himself from a rookie to a man.

"Even though it was against the West Indies, I do appreciate seeing class and it was a pretty classy knock".

"It's very special, those who weren't here today would have missed something. But I saw it and I am happy to say that I had a very good seat in the house," he said.

Richards, who averaged 50.23 and scored 24 centuries from 121 Tests, believes that Kohli has taken his talent to the next level.

"He's certainly got an appetite to perform. Talent is as good as any. Kohli has maximised his talent and in my opinion he has taken it to next level," said the former West Indies skipper.

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