India v Bangladesh, one-off Test, Hyderabad, 2nd day February 10, 2017

Virat Kohli: four double-tons in four series

Stats highlights from a run-fest in Hyderabad
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Virat Kohli became the first batsman to score four double-centuries in four consecutive Test series © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

4 Number of consecutive series in which Virat Kohli has scored a double-century. This is the longest such sequence, going past Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid who had done it in three successive series. Kohli's streak began on India' tour to West Indies last year.

1 Player who has more two-hundred-plus scores as captain than Kohli's four - Brian Lara made five. Bradman, Michael Clarke and Graeme Smith also made four two-hundred-plus scores as captain. For India, their previous 31 captains combined hit only four 200-plus scores.

3 India batsmen who have scored more 200-plus scores than Kohli's four. Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar lead with six two-hundred-plus scores each and Dravid made five. Sunil Gavaskar also made four. No other player has scored more than two two-hundred-plus scores for India.

1 India became the first team to score 600-plus in three consecutive innings. They made 631 in Mumbai and 759 in Chennai, in the last two Tests against England before putting up 687 in this match, their fifth-highest total.

3 Captains to score double-hundreds against Bangladesh, including Kohli. The previous two are: Stephen Fleming (202) in 2004 and Graeme Smith (232) in 2008, both in Chittagong. Kohli is the second India batsman to score a double-century against Bangladesh after Sachin Tendulkar's 248 not out in 2004.

1168 Test runs scored by Kohli this season, the most by any batsman at home in one season. The previous highest was Virender Sehwag's 1105 in 2004-05. Sehwag had scored those runs in 17 innings; Kohli bettered him in his 15th innings. Sehwag averaged 69.06 in that season; after the first innings in Hyderabad, Kohli averages 89.84 this home season.

3 Consecutive Tests in which India have had at least one batsman scoring a two-hundred-plus score. Against England Kohli scored 235 in Mumbai and Karun Nair 303 not out in Chennai, before Kohli's 204 in this match. There have been several instances of two two-hundred-plus scores in two Tests, the last of which was in 2013 against Australia when Cheteshwar Pujara and MS Dhoni did it in successive matches.

3 Number of double-century partnerships between Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane - the most by any pair since 2013, when they started batting together. All their stands have been for the fourth-wicket. They equalled Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly's record for 200-plus partnerships for the fourth-wicket for India.

6 Number of players who scored over 50 runs in India's innings - the joint-most for them in an innings. This was the sixth such instance for India, and their first since 2009 against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. Five of the top-six batsmen scored in excess of 75, which is only the second occasion for India and the sixth for any team.

7 Instances of five bowlers conceding 100 or more runs in an innings, as was the case in India's innings. This was the first such occasion since Australia's innings in Cardiff in the 2009 Ashes, where the hosts' bowlers did the same.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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  • atulks1963 on February 14, 2017, 11:15 GMT

    I have my reservations on this that Kohli becoming the first batsman to score 4 double centuries in four consecutive series beating Bradman's record of 3 double centuries in three consecutive series. Bradman after scoring prolifically against England in 1930, was subjected to bodyline attack (which was later banned) by Jardine's bowlers like Larwood and Voce in 1932-33, and he scored only one century. After that he again scored double hundreds in next two series. Had bodyline not existed, he would have scored six double hundreds in six series. But people forget that he had scored three double hundreds in a single series against England in 1930 which is a world record, two double hundreds against South Africa and one double hundred against West Indies, totaling six double centuries in three series before facing Larwood and company. Kohli doesn't stand a comparison with Bradman as a batsman. Bradman played on uncovered wickets and without protective gear. A.K.Srivastava, Mysore

  • cricfan20426007 on February 11, 2017, 6:59 GMT

    @daniel bolland. we are passionate. u r rite. Don is from a separate school altogether. his greatness is unmatched. next in list comes Sachin. followed by Kohli. he may not be as great as don or as classy as Sachin, but Kohli Will break all batting records for sure. those records will stay for atleast 100 years. Cook and kane are really good. agreed.

  • Siddharth Bhaskar on February 11, 2017, 5:58 GMT

    Well indian fan here - no one compares to Don. He was one of a kind. But at the same stage of their careers (50odd tests) kohli is playing better than how sachin had played. The true test will be maintaining this for 10 years. At one poiny even cook looked like breaking sachin but he lost his way

  • Shekhar.Gupta on February 11, 2017, 5:43 GMT

    @cricfan20426007. You are right about double centuries by The Don in 3 - and not 4 - consecutive Test series. My mistake; sorry.

  •   Daniel Bolland on February 11, 2017, 5:34 GMT

    To all of you trying to compare this fantastic batsman to the Don, the don played on uncovered pitches against much better bowlers. I get you Indians are passionate about ya cricket but this is madness. Btw the best batsman for pure class in the world right now in Kane Williamson. Am i clear sir lol

  • cricfan20426007 on February 11, 2017, 5:32 GMT

    all critics PL note not to criticize. for you people azaruddin kind of batsmen better. he would score one century and next 20 matches no big score

  • cricfan20426007 on February 11, 2017, 5:13 GMT

    @reddirt PL note don played only few tests. has great average. had he played 100 tests his avg would have been around 75 or 60 .

  • cricfan20426007 on February 11, 2017, 4:06 GMT

    @shekhar.gupta PL sir correct me if I am wrong. Don scored against England, West Indies, and South Africa. I.e. three consecutive series. PL note. in the next series had he scored double hundred it would have been considered as four consecutive series. Don may have scored ten double hundres, but consecutive test series only 3. whereas Kohli has four consecutive test series where he has scored atleast one double hundred. West Indies, Newzealand, England and now Bangladesh. this feat first of its sort. not even don achieved . am I clear sir

  •   cricfan78647775 on February 11, 2017, 3:56 GMT

    Too much of praise and comparisons with Sachin and Don Bradman, Come on you must be joking really. Let him perform in upcoming tours of Australia, SA, England and NZ, let him score just one double hundred there then see.

  • Shekhar.Gupta on February 11, 2017, 3:31 GMT

    Don Bradman had also scored double centuries in four consecutive Test series: 254, 334 & 232 vs. England in 1930; 223 vs. West Indies in 1930-31; and 226 & 299 n.o. vs. South Africa in 1931-32.

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