Virat Kohli’s cricket milestone in 2016

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is flying high in cricket world this year. His most recent achievement is bagging a double ton twice as an Indian captain in Tests.Kohli hammered a mammoth 211 score with a strike rate of 57.65 in the final Test against New Zealand at Holkar Cricket Stadium. Indore. His double century not only helped his side in posting 557 from the first innings but he also became the first Indian skipper to achieve this feat twice in the longer format.

Only four double centuries have been recorded by Indian captains in its 84 years of cricket history. Kohli grabbed his other double ton earlier this year against West Indies at North Sound two months ago. Spicing it further, his 211 is the second highest against Black Caps by any captain.

The Indian Test leader jolted down a 365-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane which is the fourth highest partnership for India. Furthermore, this is the fifth highest partnership for any wicket for India. His brilliant tandem with Rahane saw them leap frogging over Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman’s 353-run stand at Sydney Cricket Ground in 2003-04.

This fourth-wicket partnership of Kohli and Rahane is also the third best in the cricket history. Don Bradman and Bill Ponsford accumulated 388 runs together whereas Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke registered 386 runs together.

The 27-year-old has now jolted down 971 runs in Tests from centuries since the 2014-15. He has been struggling to find his form from his opening seven Tests when his highest was just 119.

All in all, Kohli summed up a total tally of 543 from just six Test matches this year. He has yet to bat in the second innings of their third Test against the Black Caps. Adding a cherry on the top, the veteran will be looking to achieve more with several Tests lined-up at their home soil this year.

The lad from Delhi has kept the momentum rolling in all three formats of the game. In the 50-over format, Kohli has piled up 381 runs at an average of 76.20 from five matches. He has smashed two centuries and two fifties from the five One Day International matches. The lad has a superb strike rate of 99.21 and his best of 117 came against Australia.

The veteran is also leading Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League. He steered his side into the final showdown before bowing out to Sunrisers Hyderabad this season. Kohli unleashed his true colours and was the flavour of IPL this year.

The RCB leader raised the bar of cricket in the ninth edition of IPL. His outstanding individual performances and spectacular knock led his side to the title clash.

He was just a few runs short of cracking 1000-run mark but the Delhi star became the highest scorer of IPL. He smashed 973 runs at an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.06 from 16 matches. IPL consist of stars from all around the cricket world and no one has reached this milestone in a single season of Indian Premier League. Chris Gayle was the previous accolade holder with 733 runs from the 2012 edition.

Kohli was struggling in the T20 format prior to the IPL but he managed to hammer four tons this season. No other players from any T20 league around the world have accomplished this feat. He also became the first captain in IPL to post more than 500 scores from three different seasons.

The Delhi star batsman carried his form in the World T20 held on their home soil after IPL concluded. He steered his side into the final four before bowing out to the eventual champions West Indies.

Overall, Kohli has featured in 15 T20 International matches this year. He has accumulated 642 runs after maintaining an amazing average. The star has a strike rate of 140 but he has yet to grab his maiden century in this format in international level. His best knock of 90 does not outcome against Australia.

Mustering his performances further, Kohli has picked up a wicket from the 1.4 overs he bowled at T20I this year. He grabbed the wicket against the Caribbean side.With two months still to go before this year concludes, the in-form star will be looking forward to achieving more milestones from all forms of cricket.



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