Virat Kohli made history with his first double century to become the first Indian captain to compile a Test double century overseas. He achieved the rare feat, by pilling a single to deep mid-wicket just before the lunch break, on Day 2 of the 1st Test, in North Sound in Antigua, the Caribbean Island.
Kohli's score is also the highest by a player in his maiden Test innings as captain in the West Indies. Previous highest record was held by former Australia ‘keeper Ricky Ponting -- 158 in 2008.
Apart from this, in the Test match history, just three captains have managed double hundreds vs West Indies in the Caribbean. This includes apart from Kohli, England's Len Hutton (205 at Kingston in 1953-54) and Australia's Bobby Simpson (201 at Bridgetown in 1964-65).
Achieving the feat, Kohli lowered himself to his knees and kissed the turf as retired batting legends Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar, and others joined in the applause from the stands.
Even as he watched three top-order batsmen gifting their wickets away to Devendra Bishoo on Day One, he, yet again, took it upon himself to make sure India have enough runs on the board to let the bowlers try and get those 20 wickets to win the Test. The India captain guarded against that pitfall. Kohli managed 200 off 283 balls before he was bowled out by West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel just after lunch. His innings, was studded with 24 fours but no six, unusual for a score of 200 and was marked by its controlled aggression; he took no risk but yet maintained a whopping strike rate of 71.
The track in Antigua seems to be a batsmen's delight and the West Indian attack has been as friendly as one can hope to get at the international level. Even, the West Indies batting line-up doesn’t promise too much fight, as the report goes to press – the match has reached its final culmination day. India has already enforced the follow-on, and West Indies continues to struggle in the second inning as well. Hope India derives the Maximum!