King Kohli cracks 4th double ton, eclipses Bradman and Dravid
Indian captain Virat Kohli continued his unbelievable record-breaking spree on Friday and surpassed the legendary Sir Donald Bradman and Rahul Dravid by becoming the first batsman to score double hundreds in four successive Test series.
Kohli's double tons came in the series against the West Indies, New Zealand, England and now Bangladesh, which is in India for a one-off Test.
Bradman and Dravid had achieved the feat in three successive series.
Kohli hit his maiden double hundred (200) at North Sound against the West Indies in July last year followed by 211 against New Zealand at Indore in October.
This was followed by his current career-best score of 235 against England in Mumbai in December and now 204 against Bangladesh.
While statistically Kohli had broken Bradman and Dravid's record but a cursory look at 'The Don's' statistics would tell that his numbers during that 1930-31 phase was phenomenal.
In the 1930 Ashes series in England between June and August, the then 22-year-old Bradman scored 254 at Lord's, 334 (his career best) at the Leeds (Headingley) followed by 232 at the Oval -- all in a single series.
In the following series against the West Indies in January 1931, Don hit 223 at Brisbane (the series was played in Australia). The next series that he played against South Africa (again Down Under), he hit 226 at Brisbane becoming the first batsman to score a double hundred in three successive series.
For Dravid, the hat-trick of double hundreds in successive series came in the 2003-04 season.
He scored 222 against New Zealand at Ahmedabad (October 2003) followed by 233 against Australia at Adelaide (December 2003). The hat-trick was accomplished with his career-best 270 against Pakistan in the very next series.
The day belonged to Kohli, who scored a double hundred in less than five hours laced with 24 boundaries and in 239 balls. It was an innings that defined his class and also showed that it's only Kohli himself who can get out if the opposition bowling attack is merely pedestrian.
Kohli completed his double ton in the post lunch session and then an arm ball from spinner Taijul Islam found the India captain going for the late cut and was trapped leg before. But it was only after he has ensured that India will not be batting for the second time in this Test match.
Kohli along with Rahane added 222 in little under 50 overs as Bangladesh, by then, had been outbatted the visitors.