India vs Bangladesh, one-off Test: Virat Kohli climbs 'The Wall', eclipses 'The Don'

PTI, Feb, 10 2017

Hyderabad: Indian captain Virat Kohli continued his unbelievable record-breaking spree 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.

India's captain Virat Kohli raises his bat and helmet to celebrate scoring a double century. AP

India's captain Virat Kohli raises his bat and helmet to celebrate scoring a double century. AP

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.

Published Date: Feb 10, 2017 | Updated Date: Feb 10, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115