India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Virat Kohli 4th fastest ever to score 7000 runs in Tests
Virat Kohli scored a record 7th Test double hundred on Friday (AP)
- Virat Kohli scored a record 7th Test double hundred on Friday
- Kohli now has the most number of double hundreds amongst all Indian players
- Kohli's batting average has now also gone beyond that of Sachin Tendulkar
Virat Kohli on Friday crossed the 7000-run mark in Test cricket as he completed his 7th double hundred in the longest format in Pune against South Africa. In the ongoing 2nd Test, Kohli has already claimed a slew of records during his marathon innings, leaving behind names such as Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar on various criteria.
Having taken 138 innings to the mark, Kohli is now the 3rd fastest Indian to the feat after Virender Sehwag (134) and Sachin Tendulkar (136). Among all players, Kohli is now the joint 4th fastest to the landmark along with Gary Sobers and Kumar Sangakkara who also took 138 innings to score 7000 Test runs. Wally Hammond remains the all-time leader on this list, having achieved the feat in his 131st Test innings.
Among Indians, Kohli is now the 7th player to score 7000 Test runs. Here is the full list of Indians with 7000+ runs in the longest form:
Sachin Tendulkar - 15921 (200 matches)
Rahul Dravid - 13265 (163)
Sunil Gavaskar - 10122 (125)
VVS Laxman - 8781 (134)
Virender Sehwag - 8503 (103)
Sourav Ganguly - 7212 (113)
Virat Kohli - 7000* (81)
Earlier, Kohli surpassed Australian legend Don Bradman as the captain with most scores of 150 and above. Kohli now has 9 scores of 150+ while captaining India, which is 1 more than Bradman's tally. Michael Clarke, Mahela Jayawardene, Brian Lara and Graeme Smith are next on the list with 7 scores of 150+ each as captain.
Virat Kohli now also has scored most Test runs as an Indian captain, going past Sunil Gavaskar who scored 2426 runs. Kohli beat Bradman on the list of most Test runs as a batsman as well, going past the legend's tally of 6996 runs.
In what is his 50th Test as captain, Kohli also joined the likes of Stephen Fleming, Alastair Cook and Steve Waugh as only the 4th captain to score a century in his 50th game at the helm.