Virat kohli Double Century In Test Cricket

India has always been on top in terms of producing some of the best test batsmans of this generation. From Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli everyone has contributed to the Indian test team during their respective careers, but Virat Kohli is living in his own world as there is no one even close to him when it comes to scoring runs in test cricket with average of 50 plus runs. Along with Centuries in his career, Virat Kohli has multiple double centuries in test cricket as well.

As of now, Virat Kohli has made 7 double centuries in test cricket which came against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, South Africa and against Sri lanka (2 times). However, the last double century of Virat Kohli was came back in 2019 while playing against South Africa where he made 254* runs. 

Now let’s take a glance on all Virat Kohli double centuries in test cricket.

List of Virat Kohli Double Centuries In Test Cricket


1st Double Century of Virat Kohli – 2016

Virat Kohli was doing quite good right after his debut in test cricket except 1 or series, but the world witnessed peak Virat Kohli in year 2016 where he not only thrashed 973 runs in IPL but also went on smashing back to back three double centuries in a year. This double hundred came against West Indies at Antigua.

The first double century of Captain Virat Kohli was very special not only for him but also for Indian cricket fans as they were waiting for his 200 knock from a long time. India had to bat first against West Indies where first 3 wickets were fall to early but as usual Virat Kohli came as a rescue man and made 200 runs in 283 balls including 24 fours.

With the major contribution of Kohli, India set the mark of 566/8d runs for Caribbean players but they failed to chase the target in their both innings. Moreover, It was the only double century of Virat Kohli outside India.

Against  Runs  Balls  Fours Strike Rate
West Indies 200 283 24 70.67

2nd Double Century of Virat Kohli – 2016

Yet another glorious 200 runs inning of Kohli against New Zealand in 2016 at Indore cricket ground of India. When team has lost its first three wickets cheaply in the form of Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, and Pujara then the chase master enters on the field and smashes his 2nd double century against bowlers like Trent Boult, Matt Henry, and Santner.

Virat’s quickness and awareness on running between the wickets helped him to keep his scorecard active as it played a major role in scoring 211 runs by facing 366 deliveries and 20 classy fours which led to India 557/5d runs in first innings. However apart from Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane was also the unsung hero of this match with his magnificent inning of 188 runs.

This knock of 211 runs by Virat would be the memorable one as it was his first ever double century in test in India. Moreover, this inning was absolute masterclass of playing shots in V-shape for younger batsman’s who are looking forward to become one of the great like Virat in this format.

Against  Runs  Balls  Fours Strike Rate
New Zealand 211 366 20 57.65

3rd Double Century of Virat Kohli – 2016

As I said above, 2016 calendar year was completely ruled by one and only player Virat Kohli as he thrashed another double hundred in test format in India vs England test series in 2016. The fourth test match of the series was being played at Wankhede Stadium which is quite favorable for opponent spin bowling duo Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.

The first inning score of England was 400 runs which felt like challenging for Indian batting unit at first, but as Virat stepped on the crease he not only trailed the targeted score but also helped India to take lead 200 plus runs by shattering a fascinating Double century where Kohli made 235 runs out of 340 balls including 25 fours and a six as well.

This 2016 version of Kohli was completely perfect in terms of every aspect be it batting or captainship. His cover drive and flick shot was the big headache for Anderson, Woakes, and Moeen Ali in this entire match as they were looking clueless against Virat Kohli.

Against  Runs  Balls  Fours Strike Rate
England 235 340 25 69.11

 

4th Double Hundred of Virat Kohli – 2017

Moving on to the list of Virat Kohli double century which came in a only test match between India and Bangladesh in 2017 at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium of Hyderabad.

If it is a home game then every team would like to bat first in the most of cases so that it can build a massive score in first place. That’s what India did as they set the target of 687 for the first inning for Bangladesh. The top scorer of this game was King Kohli by marvellous double century of 204 runs in 246 balls.

Apart from Virat, Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha added hundred runs in their profile and contributed in India’s mammoth first inning score of 687 runs. Furthermore, Bangladesh fell short in their both innings to outrank the target of India and lose the match by 203 runs.

Against  Runs  Balls  Fours Strike Rate
Bangladesh 204 246 24 82.92
5th Double Hundred of Virat Kohli In Test – 2017

The Sri Lankan team which used to be famous for their legendary batting unit back in the times, came in India for 3 match test series in 2017 where they had to face the peak Virat Kohli who was achieving records after records from 2016.

Sri Lanka got the chance to start their inning first where they just made 205 runs in the surface of Nagpur, which is usually a flat surface for batters. However, India did not had face any difficulties to get lead over Sri Lanka as Virat Kohli once again came up with his 5th double century in test with the score of 213 runs in 267 balls in 2nd test against Lankans.

This was the time when Virat used to score centuries and double centuries in test format for fun. The year 2016 to 2019 was four golden years of his career where he used to dominate against every nation in home and away conditions.

Against  Runs  Balls  Fours Strike Rate
Sri Lanka 213 267 17 79.77

 

6th Double Century of Virat Kohli In Test – 2017

It is the second consecutive double century of Virat Kohli against Sri Lanka in the 2017 test series. The above I mentioned was the second test match which was played in Nagpur, this one is the 3rd and final game of the series where Virat made another 200 in one of the oldest cricket ground of India “Feroz Shah Kotla stadium”.

This time Virat Kohli made his second highest score in test cricket by smashing glorious double century. He made 243 runs in 287 deliveries in the spin friendly wicket of Delhi’s Kotla stadium. Kohli was always been one of the best spin player of the world, Therefore Sri Lankan spin bowlers did not able to deceive Virat in the entire series.

Against  Runs  Balls  Fours Strike Rate
Sri Lanka 243 287 25 84.66

 

7th Double Century of Virat Kohli In Test – 2019 

Except Australia, Virat Kohli has double centuries against all SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) countries. This one is against South Africa in 2019 during the Icc world test championship cycle in 2nd test between India and South Africa test series.

This was the time when Pull shot player “Rohit Sharma” started to batting in the opening in test format, at first everyone said it was wrong position for him to bat, but if we look at now then it was the perfect call. Moreover, this was the game where Virat Kohli scored his highest test score which is 254 runs in 336 balls with 33 fours and 2 sixes.

Furthermore, Owing Kagiso Rabada, Nortje, Philender, and Keshav Maharaj on the Pune’s uneven pitch was certainly not easy as Kohli made it look like. Therefore, our list of Virat Kohli double century in test cricket ends with this iconic Virat Kohli 254 runs knock.

Against  Runs  Balls  Fours Strike Rate
South Africa 254 336 33 75.59

 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the highest score of Virat Kohli in test cricket?

As of now in 2023, the highest score of Virat Kohli came against South Africa in 2019, where he made 254 runs 336 balls.

How many double centuries does Virat Kohli have?

King Kohli has made 7 double centuries in test format since his debut against West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Which is the first overseas test double century of Virat Kohli?

The first overseas test double hundred of Kohli came against West Indies back in 2016 during his peak form where he made 200 runs in 283 balls

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