Virat Kohli completed his seventh double century on the second day of the second Test against South Africa. In the match being played in Pune, Virat completed his double century in just 297 balls. Not only this, Virat also completed his 7000 runs in Test career. During this period, Virat also left behind many veterans, including Sachin, Sehwag, Ponting. Virat has now reached the fourth position in terms of scoring the double centuries in Tests. He also surpassed Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting, Younis Khan, Javed Miandad, Mahela Jayawardene with seven double centuries. All of them had scored six double centuries in their Test careers.
At the same time, Virat Kohli has become the seventh player from India to score 7000 runs in Tests. He has become the fourth batsman in the world and India's third batsman to achieve this feat the fastest. Virat completed his 7000 runs in Test cricket in just 81st Test. While Virat has done this feat in 138 innings, Sehwag and Sachin, achieved this feat in 134 and 136 innings.
The exciting thing about it is that all his seven double centuries Kohli has scored as captain. Kohli tops the list of batsmen who have scored the double centuries as captain. After Virat, West Indies legend Brian Lara is at number two with 5 double centuries.
Virat Kohli, who played his 50th Test as captain, ended the year-long drought and scored a century after 10 innings. This is the 26th Test century of his career, and he had earlier scored a century during the Perth Test in December 2018. Virat, who has become a record machine from Team India's run machine, completed his century in 173 balls against South Africa on the second day of the Pune Test, during which many records came out of his bat. Now he is only behind the great Australian batsman Don Bradman.
In fact, Virat's conversion rate of 54.2 in turning a half-century into a century is the second-highest rate among all batsmen who have scored at least 15 centuries. Don Bradman had an average conversion rate of 69. Clive Walcott (51.7) of the West Indies comes at number three. In this list of Top Ten, apart from Virat, only Mohammad Azharuddin is included from India. His average was 51.2. With this, Virat Kohli became the first Indian and the second captain of the world to score 40 centuries in international cricket.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting scored 41 centuries on an international level. Kohli equaled former West Indies player Gary Sobers and Australia's Steve Smith in the most centuries. In this case, he surpassed former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq (25).