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Kohli surpasses Bradman's Test runs tally enroute superb double ton
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Kohli surpasses Bradman's Test runs tally enroute superb double ton

Virat Kohli struck a spectacular double century to overtake Sir Donald Bradman's Test tally of 6,996 runs in the ongoing second Test between India and South Africa on Friday.

Kohli scored a career-best 254 to pummel the visitors as he brought up the seventh double ton of his Test career.

Playing his 50th red-ball game as the India skipper, Kohli also surpassed England's Joe Root to become the leading run-getter among active Test players during the course of his marathon innings.

Root had attained this feat following the retirement of South Africa batsman Hashim Amla in August.

Kohli's first Test century this year, his 336-ball stay at the crease allowed him to enter the list of top 50 run-scorers in Test cricket after breaching the 7,000-run milestone.

He needed 138 innings to get to the landmark and has elevated his batting average in excess of 54.

Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar currently leads the distinguished list with 15,921 runs in the conventional five-day format.

Having taken his overnight score of 63 to 194 by tea on the second day, Kohli later swept Senuran Muthusamy for two runs to reach his double hundred and raised his bat to acknowledge the resounding applause greeting him in Pune.

He then whipped part-time off-spinner Dean Elgar to the boundary fence to bring up 250 runs for himself.

Kohli now also possesses the most number of 150-plus scores among captains – a record previously held by Bradman with eight such scores.

Building upon Mayank Agarwal's resolute 108 upfront, Kohli's mammoth knock helped India cement their strong position in the game.

India declared at 601-5 after Ravindra Jadeja was dismissed for a quick-fire 91 off 104 deliveries.