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Vizag Test: Virat Kohli approaches rare milestone, could become first Indian to score three double hundreds in a year

India Today logo India Today 18-11-2016

India's captain Virat Kohli made his 50th Test, being played in Vizag special by staying unbeaten on 151 at the close of the first day. The year of 2016 has been spectacular for the run-machine who got his first double hundred in West Indies, followed by another in Indore against New Zealand last month.

The batsman from Delhi needs 49 more runs to complete his third double ton. If he manages to achieve this feat, he will become the first Indian to ever do so in a calendar year.

This is Virat's brilliant performance since his debut:

Virat has now scored 21 number of hundreds in first-class cricket.

He has scored 14 number of Test hundreds. Only Sunil Gavaskar scored 14 hundreds in fewer Tests (40) for India than Virat's 50. For the record, Virender Sehwag did so in 54 Tests, Sachin Tendulkar in 58 Tests and Rahul Dravid in 65 Tests.

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He made 5 hundreds in 22 Tests at home.

He made 2 centuries against England.

He made 3 hundreds this year. The other two were both double hundreds! 200 vs West Indies at North Sound in July and 211 vs New Zealand at Indore in October.

He has scored 7 hundreds as captain, equalling Sachin Tendulkar's tally. Now Only Sunil Gavaskar (11) and Mohammad Azharuddin (9) have scored more hundreds than Virat while leading India.

He has taken 4.28 average innings to score a hundred as captain - fewest for India. Sachin Tendulkar scored a hundred every 6.14 innings as India's captain.



He scored 151*, highest by an Indian captain against England since Mohammad Azharuddin's 182 at Kolkata in 1993.

Virat's average as captain is 60.57. Among all players who have aggregated 1000 runs as captain for their respective sides, only three - Don Bradman (101.51), Steve Smith (69.66) and Kumar Sangakkara (69.60) average more than Virat.

Virat is now one of the 6 Indian players to score a hundred in their 50th Tests. Virat now joins Polly Umrigar, Gundappa Viswanath, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and VVS Laxman.

APPROACHING MILESTONES:

Virat will become first Indian to score three double hundreds in a calendar year if he manages to score 49 more runs.

Mahela Jayawardene has scored three double hundreds- most by a captain from the subcontinent. Virat will equal his record if he scores another 49 runs. Virat already holds the Indian record of most hundreds as a captain.

203* is the highest score by an Indian captain against England (Tiger Pataudi at Delhi in 1963-64). Virat needs 52 more runs to beat that record.

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211 is Virat's highest score in Test cricket (vs New Zealand at Indore in October this year). Virat needs 60 more runs to beat that record.

224 is the highest score by any Indian against England (Vinod Kambli at Wankhede in 1992-93). Virat needs 73 more runs to beat that record.

224 is also the highest score by an Indian captain in Tests (MS Dhoni vs Australia in Chennai in 2012-13). Virat needs 73 more runs to beat that record.

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