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Virat Kohli joins Don Bradman, Ricky Ponting in elite list after third double hundred in 2016

India Today logo India Today 12-12-2016
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India captain Virat Kohli maintained his red-hot form as he hammered his third double hundred this year to help the hosts take firm control over England on day four of the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

India, leading 2-0 in the five-match series, piled on 631 in their first innings, a lead of 231 runs over England. At the close of day's play, England were reduced to 182/6, still trailing by 49 runs. Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets each, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jayant Yadav got one apiece.

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Kohli, who was on 147 overnight, continued to torment the England bowlers who went wicketless in the first session after India resumed on 451/7.

Kohli, who has already scored 640 runs in the series at an average of 128, drove Jake Ball for a straight four on the fifth delivery of the day to get past 150, signalling another harrowing session for the England bowlers.

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The 28-year-old Kohli brought up his 200 off 302 balls with a single to mid-wicket off leg-spinner Adil Rashid and celebrated by looking towards the sky, raising his arms in jubilation, bringing the strong crowd at the stadium overlooking the Arabian Sea to their feet.

He also shared a record 241-run stand for the eighth wicket with lower-order batsman Jayant Yadav, who also scored his maiden Test hundred.

Kohli finally fell on 235 to Chris Woakes, failing to clear the off side and giving a catch to James Anderson at deep extra cover. However, his splendid knock is a record for the highest score for an Indian captain in Test cricket. The previous best score was 224 by Mahendra Singh Dhoni against Australia in Chennai in 2013.

The mammoth 235, which included 25 fours and one six, is also the highest score for an Indian batsman against England in Tests.

Kohli, who is enjoying a dream run in 2016, joined the elite list of gentlemen with this knock. He is the only player in the world to average 50-plus in all formats of the game.

The Delhi dasher is the fifth batsman in the world after Michael Clarke (4), Don Bradman (3), Ricky Ponting (3) and Brendon McCullum (3) to score three double hundreds in a calendar year.

Kohli's first double hundred came against the West Indies, while the second was against New Zealand in Indore. He is also the first batsman in Test history to score double hundreds in three successive series in a year.

Kohli, who scored his 15th Test ton on Saturday, is also the first Indian to hit three double hundreds in a year.

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