Over the years, the world of cricket has produced real heroes, who through their timeless contribution, has further enlarged the scope of the game as a whole. Setting different types of records acts as a great drive for players to perform well and one such record happens to be the urge to earning momentous double centuries. And in this regard, we have witnessed mighty performances from the best of the players around the world. Here, we are listing down some names with the most double centuries scored in test cricket.
Donald George Bradman – This player from Australia still holds the unbeatable record of crossing the mark of 200 runs for 12 times, which happens to be a milestone achievement in itself. Out of the incredible 12 double centuries, he had scored eight against England, and one each against West Indies and India, and two against South Africa.
Kumar Sangakara – Next batsman who scored highest numbers of double centuries in test matches after Donald Bradman is Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka. In his test cricket career of 134 matches and 233 innings, he has scored double centuries for remarkable 11 times. This super talented player scored double centuries thrice each against Pakistan and Bangladesh, once each against New Zealand, Zimbabwe and India and twice against South Africa.
Brian Lara – Brian Lara is an excellent batsman from West Indies, whose contribution to international cricket remains outstanding. He is another batsman to have scored the maximum number of double centuries in test cricket. In all, he has played wonderfully to add 9 huge double century scores against his name. And his most memorable performance was a huge score of 400 not out against England in 2004. Other noteworthy scores that need a special mention here are 221 against Sri Lanka in 2001, 277 against Australia in 1993 and 375 against England in 1994.
WR Hammond – The next player in the row whom we cannot miss to mention here is WR Hammond from England. Including his finest performance of an enormous score of 336 not out against New Zealand way back in 1933, he had scored praiseworthy 7 double centuries in test cricket in his entire career. Some of his best scores were 251 against Australia in 1928 and 240 also against Australia in 1938.
Mahale Jayawardene – Another striking player from Sri Lanka has also made a permanent place for himself amongst the greatest achievers in test cricket. He is Mahale Jayawardene, who has scored 7 glorious double centuries in test matches, similar to that of WR Hammond. He earned his latest double century in 2014 against Bangladesh with a fantastic score of 203 not out. And his highest score remains 374 against South Africa in 2006.
Virat Kohli – It is a matter of great pride to state the fact that yet another extremely worthy player from India has made a triumphant entry to the club of 7 double centuries in test cricket and he is none other than Virat Kohli. As he continues to amaze all with his highly dedicated performance, he smashed his 7th double century in test cricket and scored his career-best 254 runs in Pune against South Africa on the 11th of October 2019. With this, he has surpassed both Sachin Tendulkar and Virendra Sehwag in the record of holding most double centuries. It was in 2016 that Virat Kohli had scored his very first double century against West Indies.
Other than the above-mentioned batsman, there are other heroes in this field who have also scored a great number of double centuries to contribute significantly to their teams. They are from different countries and have scored double centuries in varying numbers but of course lesser than the above-mentioned players. Many big names from the world of cricket have scored six times double centuries. They are Marwan Atapattu from Srilanka, Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar from India, Javed Miandad and Younis Khan from Pakistan and Ricky Ponting from Australia. Stay tuned with us for more such interesting cricket updates.