Virat Kohli has once again made his bat do the talking in the longest format of the game. Kohli, who was back in Test colours could not make much of an impact in the Caribbean as he could only manage a half-century which was followed by a duck in the second of the two-match Test series as a result of which he was dethroned from the top spot by Steve Smith. The Indian skipper will be hoping to make amends in the home series to get back on top and it seems that he means business in the ongoing series against South Africa where he scored an outstanding double century against South Africa in Pune.
Kohli was unbeaten on 194 after the end of the second session. Post tea break, he wasted little time as he got to his seventh Test double century by guiding one down behind square on the leg side for a couple of runs after which he waved his bat as Kohli's team-mates and the crowd stood up to give him a standing ovation. During the same knock, the 'Captain Fearless' also completed 7,000 runs in Test cricket. Even the fans on social media came forward to give 'King Kohli'a standing ovation. Here are some of the reactions.
In August this year, Kohli surpassed Dhoni to become the most successful Indian Test captain. The 30-year-old Kohli had 27 wins to his name before the second Test match against West Indies, but with the win, Kohli took his tally to 28 wins in the longest format of the game. He now has 29 wins from 49 matches as Test skipper. Dhoni had won 27 out of 60 matches he captained.
He also went past former Indian captain Ganguly in terms of most number of wins on foreign soil when Team India won the first Test against West Indies by 318 runs. This was Kohli's 12th win overseas from 26 matches. Ganguly had won 11 tests from 28 matches that he captained.
Earlier, Kohli had registered his 26th Test century and became the first Indian to score 40 international centuries as a captain. He is now second in the list of players who have slammed most number of tons as captain. The list is topped former Australian captain Ricky Ponting who has the most international hundreds as a captain. Ponting had 41 centuries as the captain for Australia in international cricket. Meanwhile, Kohli has 69 international centuries across all formats.