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NEW DELHI: There is no stopping Virat Kohli. Just a day after becoming the first captain to register a hat-trick of centuries in a three-match series, the Indian skipper scaled yet another milestone when he scored his sixth double century, the highest as a captain. He overtook West Indies great Brian Lara, who held the record previously with five double tons in Tests.
Virat Kohli goes past 5000-run mark in Tests
With a sixth double hundred, Kohli has also tied Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag for the most 200-plus scores for India in Tests. While Tendulkar had six double centuries, Sehwag had recorded four double and two triple hundreds.
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Kohli resumed Day 2 of the third India-Sri Lanka Test on 156, and quickly reached his second double ton of the series in __ deliveries with a ___. On Saturday, Kohli went past the 5000-run mark in Tests during the second session of day one of the third and the final Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Kohli became the 11th Indian batsman to achieve the milestone and the fourth fastest in terms of innings behind Sunil Gavaskar (95), Virender Sehwag (99) and Sachin Tendulkar (103). Kohli, playing his 63rd Test took 105 innings to cross the 5000-run mark.
Among the current crop of players, Kohli is the joint second fastest to the milestone along with Joe Root. Steve Smith leads the chart having made 5000 runs in 97 innings. South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Australia’s David Warner took 109 innings each while Kane Williamson got to the landmark in his 110th innings.
The overall fastest to 5000 Tests was Sir Don Bradman who took only 56 innings to the reach the landmark. Soon after, Kohli notched up his 15th Test fifty.