Virat Kohli breaks Sunil Gavaskar’s 39 year old record

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

It’s as if each time Virat Kohli steps onto the field with a bat in hands, a few records are bound to be broken. The Indian captain has been in the form of his life as he keeps piling on runs across formats.

The ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka has witnessed the visitors becoming the victims of Kohli’s purple patch as he has slammed centuries in all the 3 Tests so far, 2 of which have been double centuries in consecutive innings.

In the 1st inning of the 3rd Test, he scored a magnificent 243 on his home ground of Delhi which turned out to be his personal highest score in the longest format of the game. Due to his superlative effort, combined with Murali Vijay’s hundred, India amassed 536/7 batting first.

The centuries from Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews helped Sri Lanka avoid the follow-on which meant that India had to bat again. The rub of the green continued to be on Virat Kohli’s side as he notched up a fifty in the second innings.

The scores of 243 and 50 in the 2 innings took his tally to 293 runs in the match which ended up being the highest score by an Indian captain in a Test match. He went past the legendary Sunil Gavaskar’s tally of 289 runs that he scored against West Indies in 1978.

In the list of top 10 highest scores by Indian captains in a Test, Virat Kohli features an astounding 6 times. Going by the form he is currently in, there are huge chances that he would register himself in the record book a few more times.

Most Runs by Indian Test captains in a match

Player 1st Inns 2nd Inns Runs Versus Venue Year
Virat Kohli 243 50 293 Sri Lanka Delhi 2017
Sunil Gavaskar 107 182* 289 West Indies Kolkata 1978
Sunil Gavaskar 205 73 278 West Indies Mumbai 1978
Virat Kohli 115 141 256 Australia Adelaide 2014
Virat Kohli 167 81 248 England Visakhapatnam 2016
Virat Kohli 204 38 242 Bangladesh Hyderabad 2017
Virat Kohli 235 235 England Mumbai 2016
Sachin Tendulkar 217 15 232 New Zealand Ahmedabad 1999
Virat Kohli 211 17 228 New Zealand Indore 2016
MS Dhoni 224 224 Australia Chennai 2013

-Stats as of December 5, 2017

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