Antigua, Mumbai double tons most special, says Kohli
Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century (AFP)
Pune - Kohli and Jadeja (91), promoted to No. 6 with Hanuma Vihari not playing, shared a 225-run stand for the fifth wicket
Indian skipper Virat Kohli rated his first double hundred in North Sound, Antigua, against the West Indies and the one against England at home as his two most special innings after scoring a record seventh double ton during the second Test against South Africa on Friday.
"All double hundreds feel good but if you ask me, Antigua and Mumbai against England. One was away from home and another one against England in challenging conditions," Kohli told BCCI's official website after Day 2's play.
Kohli reached his seventh double century in his 81st Test and in the process surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag who both had scored six double hundreds in their stellar careers.
"It feels good to get most number of double hundreds (by an Indian in Tests). It's a nice little thing to have," Kohli said.
"I struggled to get big scores initially but as soon as I became captain you invariably start thinking about the team all the time, you cannot think of yourself. In that process, you end up batting more than you can imagine so that's been the mindset for a very long time," said the captain.
Kohli batted for nearly eight hours. Asked about batting in the heat, he said: "It's difficult but if you think about the team you end up batting 3-4 hours more than you would have. It was humid, that was the only challenging thing. Then (Ravindra) Jadeja came and you had to run hard with him."
Kohli and Jadeja (91), promoted to No. 6 with Hanuma Vihari not playing, shared a 225-run stand for the fifth wicket and Kohli said that partnership helped them achieve the plan.
"Plan was simple to get to 600 and get them to bat tonight. Jaddu batted brilliantly and allowed me to not take too many risks. That partnership set things up nicely for us. We ended up bowling 15 overs and got three wickets as well."