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|
|Sachin Tendulkar||217||15||232||New Zealand||Ahmedabad||1999|
|Virat Kohli||211||17||228||New Zealand||Indore||2016|
-Stats as of December 5, 2017