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Stats: Most runs by an Indian captain in a Test match

Virat Kohli had started off the series with a duck but went on to post scores of- 104*, 213, 243 and 50 runs.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli plays a shot. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Indian captain Virat Kohli is currently on a record-breaking spree.  The right-hand batsman followed up his career-best 243 with a 50 in the second innings of the third Test match at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. India are in a strong position as they are just seven wickets away now to wrap up the series with a 2-0 victory over Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Kohli has accumulated 610 runs from five innings in the ongoing 3-match series at an average of 152.50.

It is the most by an Indian in a three-match Test series and the fourth highest overall. England’s Graham Gooch holds the record for scoring 752 runs against India in 1990. While Windies legend Brian Lara has fetched 688 runs against Sri Lanka during the 2001-02 series.

Record-breaking spree

Apart from that, he has the most runs in a single Test match as the captain of team India- a total of 293 runs (243,50). The 29-year-old has 20 Test centuries from 63 Test matches.  The Delhi boy has gone past legendary former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, who scored- 289 (107,182*) against West Indies in Kolkata in the year 1978.

List of elites

Gavaskar finds himself once again at the third spot. In the same series, the ‘little master’ had scored 278 runs (205, 73) in one game in Mumbai. The next three spots go by the name of Kohli while Sachin Tendulkar occupies the eighth spot with 217 runs (217,15). MS Dhoni is at no.10 with 224 runs against Australia in the year 2013 in Chennai.

Kohli is the seventh captain to have scored a double hundred and a fifty in the same Test match. The last time an international skipper achieved this feat was Ricky Ponting in the 2009-10 series against Pakistan in Hobart. Interestingly, Kohli had started off the series with a duck but went on to post scores of- 104*,213,243 and 50 runs.

Table: Most runs by an Indian captain in a Test match

Stats updated till 5th December, 2017

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