Kohli records sixth double ton

03 December 2017 11:54:49 EST

Virat Kohli went into the history books after his double century ensured India took control of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka.

India, after winning the toss and deciding to bat in Delhi took charge, ending their innings on 536-7 declared with their skipper again taking charge.

We have all learnt from his (Pujara) long innings, his concentration levels and his will to keep batting.

Virat Kohli

He hit 243 and, in the process, became the only captain to have scored six double hundreds. It follows on from his double ton in the previous Test at Nagpur which India won by an innings and 239 runs, the heaviest defeat in Sri Lanka's history.

In this third Test Sri Lanka, who have to win it to square the series, are already struggling at 131-3, still 405 runs behind with seven wickets remaining.

After the end of the second day, with India in total control, Kohli paid tribute to team-mate Cheteshwar Pujara, saying he had been a help in constructing big scores.

Kohli said of the double hundred: "Feels wonderful. It was always my mindset to score big hundreds, something that I have watched you (referring to Pujara) do a lot in your career early on and learnt also, how to concentrate for longer periods.

"We have all learnt from his (Pujara) long innings, his concentration levels and his will to keep batting. So I also got inspired by that to keep batting for the team for as long as possible."

The Indian skipper has now scored 52 international centuries in all formats. He added, after play that his favourite double ton was the 235 he scored against England in Mumbai last year.

Following the current Test series against Sri Lanka, the teams then meet again for three ODI's and three T20 matches before they then tour South Africa at the start of 2018.

India are 1/1 to win the third and final Test, Sri Lanka are 1/1 with the draw 1/1.

India are 3/1 to win the next World Cup in 2019.

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