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Kohli tops Bradman, Tendulkar & Sehwag in run spree

Last updated on: October 11, 2019 20:45 IST
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IMAGE: Virat Kohli celebrates after completing his century. Photograph: BCCI

India captain Virat Kohli eclipsed Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar while smashing a handful of records during his career-best knock of 254, on Day 2 of the second Test against South Africa, in Pune, on Friday.

 

Kohli surpassed Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag by amassing a record seventh double hundred -- the most by an Indian in Test cricket. Bradman tops the international list with 12 double tons in his illustrious career.

The Indian skipper, who scored his 26 Test century, now boasts of 69 hundreds in international cricket, including 43 in ODIs. He also went past Bradman's Test tally of 6,996 runs.

The 30-year-old now has scored more than 7000 Test runs since making his debut against the West Indies in 2011 to break into the top 50 Test run-scorers, a chart led by batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar (15,921 runs).

He eclipsed Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya, Australian Steve Smith and former England batsman Len Hutton (6,971) in the list of most Test runs.

During his unbeaten innings, Kohli had for a brief period of time also surpassed Bradman's eight scores of 150 plus before reaching his double hundred.

Bradman had eight scores between 150 and 199 but had 12 double hundreds to his credit.

Kohli also equalled former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting by scoring the most number of centuries as Test captain.

Both Kohli and Ponting now have a record 19 hundreds as Test captain to be joint second on the list, which is led by former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who had 25 tons to his credit.

This is Kohli's first hundred of this year, having scored two fifties in the eight innings that he has played in 2019.

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