5 Incredible Records of Virat Kohli in Test Cricket

Virat Kohli is playing his 100th Test match against Sri Lanka in Mohali, which began on March 4, 2022. Kohli became the 12th Indian player to play in 100 Test matches. Virat Kohli, the former captain, made his debut in the longest format of the game 11 years ago in June 2011 against the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

The 33-year-old batsman scored his first Test century against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in January 2012, and there has been no looking back for the Delhi-born Kohli since then. In 100 Tests, he scored 8007 runs at an average of 50.39.

1. Most Test double centuries as Captain

Kohli has seven double centuries in the longest format as a captain. Only Don Bradman (12), Kumar Sangakkara (11), and Brain Lara (9) have more double centuries as a player than Virat Kohli. Kohli is also the first Indian player to hit seven double hundreds. Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, both of whom had six double hundreds. There is currently no one close to him among active captains.

2. Most Test runs as Captain

Kohli has 5864 runs in 68 Tests as India’s captain, including 20 centuries and 18 fifties. MS Dhoni is second on the list with 3454 runs, and Sunil Gavaskar is third with 3449 runs.

3. Highest score for India as captain (254*)

Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 254 runs in 336 deliveries in the first innings of the three-match Test series against South Africa in Pune in 2019. Batting fourth, the right-handed batter hit 33 fours and two sixes. It is an Indian captain’s highest score in a Test inning. Notably, Virat Kohli holds the record for the top three highest Test match scores by an Indian captain.

4. Fastest to 5000 runs as captain

Virat Kohli became the fastest captain to reach 5000 Test runs in 2019. He did it in his 86th inning, breaking Ricky Ponting‘s previous record of 97 innings. Clive Llyod and Graeme Smith reached the milestone in 106 and 110 innings, respectively. He is one of only seven skippers in test history to reach the 5000-run mark.

5. Most double hundreds for India

Kohli has the most double centuries of any Indian batter in Test history, with seven. He is tied for fourth all-time with England’s Wally Hammond and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene with seven double tonnes.

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