Kudos King Kohli: India declare at 601/5, Kohli registers highest Test score

Pune: India skipper Virat Kohli’s double ton and Ravindra Jadeja’s 91 guided team to 601/5 in the first innings of the second Test against South Africa at Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) here on Friday.

India resumed their innings from 273/3 on day two. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane continued their partnership and built a massive stand of 178 runs for the fourth wicket. Rahane played a knock of 59 runs before he was sent back to the pavilion by spinner Keshav Maharaj as he was caught be hind the stumps by Quinton de Kock.

All-rounder Jadeja joined Kohli in the middle and stitched a giant partnership of 225-run for the fifth wicket. India declared their innings after Jadeja’s dismissal by Senuran Muthusamy at the score of 91.

Kohli remained unbeaten on 254, his highest individual score in Test career. He broke his earlier record of 243 runs which he scored against Sri Lanka at Delhi in 2017/18. For South Africa, Kagiso Rabada scalped three wickets while Maharaj and Muthusamy picked one wicket each. Kohli, who didn’t have any ton to his name this year, has now become the Indian batsman with most number of double tons to his name.

Kohli reached his seventh double century in his 81st Test and in the process surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag who both had scored six double hundreds in their stellar career.

Master stroke:
First Indian to score 7 double hundreds
Completes 7,000 Test runs in his 81st match
Scored his 26th Test century
Registers his highest-ever Test Score (254*)
Registers highest score by an Indian captain