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Virat Kohli in 2016: Stats back up India’s skipper as best batsman in the world

Kohli scored double ton against England becoming the first Indian player to score three test double centuries in a calendar year.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 11, 2016 12:39:12 pm
Cricket - India v England - Fourth Test cricket match - Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India - 11/12/16. India's Virat Kohli plays a shot. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Cricket – India v England – Fourth Test cricket match – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India – 11/12/16. India’s Virat Kohli plays a shot. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Virat Kohli on Sunday broke yet another record when he became the first Indian batsmen to score three double ton in a calendar year. The Indian Test Captain achieved the feat against England on the fourth day of the fourth test match being played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Kohli, who has been on a non-stop scoring spree throughout the series showcased yet another brilliant knock on a pitch that was not an easy to play on.

Earlier this year, he had scored a double century against West Indies when India toured the Caribbean Islands in June-July. That was his first double century in Tests. Against England, Kohli brought up the milestone in 302 balls with 23 fours but no sixes.

With discussions going on among cricketing circles on who has been batsmen in 2016, Kohli’s statistics suggests he is a strong contender to wear the crown. Here is a look at some statistics of Virat Kohli in 2016:

*Kohli become the first Indian batsman to cross the 1, 000-run mark this year. The Delhi player scored 739 runs in ODIs and 641 runs in T20Is.

*He also crossed the 4, 000-run mark in his Test career.

*Kohli’s test average has also surpassed over 50. He becomes the first player to have average over 50 in all three international cricketing formats.

*Kohli crossed the 2, 000-run mark on Saturday, overtaking Joe Root as the leading run-scorer.

* In the series against England, Kohli has scored 552 runs at an average of 138.00 in seven innings, becoming only the fifth Indian batsman to score over 500 runs in a Test series more than once.

* Virat Kohli after reaching 225 runs against England became the highest Indian scorer against England and the highest run-getter for an Indian captain.

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