Nagpur: Continuing his fine run in 2017, Virat Kohli scored the fifth double century of his Test career against Sri Lanka on Day 3 of the Nagpur Test. Kohli was involved in two century stands – first with Cheteshwar Pujara and later with Rohit Sharma as the pair knocked the stuffing out of Sri Lanka.
Kohli’s hundred was his second straight of the series, fourth this year, making him the first captain to score 10 international hundreds in a year. He also surpassed Sunil Gavaskar for the most tons by an Indian captain – 12. Kohli has also tied Brian Lara for the most number of double centuries as a captain. His first double came against West Indies last year in Antigua, before he followed it with three more in consecutive series against New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.
Kohli departed for 213 when he lofted offspinner Dilruwan Perera in the air but was unable to clear the boundary where Lahiru Thirimanne was stationed. At the time of his dismissal, India had put on a mammoth 583/5 on the board, with a lead of 378 runs.
Kohli also recorded the most number of international cricket centuries in a year by a captain when he notched up his 19th Test ton.
Kohli, who now has 10 centuries across the three formats, surpassed former Australian captain Ricky Ponting (9) and former South African skipper Greame Smith (9).
Ponting recorded nine international centuries in 2005 and 2006 while former opener Smith scored a similar number in 2005.