Most double centuries in Test Cricket – There is no doubt with regards to the fact that Test cricket is simply the most challenging and demanding format of the game. As for the batsman, runs do not come easy and they have to work tirelessly to earn each and every run. It is believed that for a player to be termed as ‘world-class,’ he needs to prove his mettle in the longest format of the game.
Scoring a ton in Test cricket is usually a huge milestone, however, there are players who have gone further than that, and have broken the 200 run milestone on numerous occasions. Don Bradman, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara are three players who lead the charts for most double centuries in red-ball cricket.
Don Bradman tops the charts for most double hundreds in Test cricket. The Australian great represented his nation from 1928-1948, scoring 12 double hundreds. His average in Test cricket is next to none, and will possibly be unmatched even in the future. Bradman averages 99.94 in Tests, scoring 6996 runs in just 80 innings.
Former Sri Lankan captain, Kumar Sangakkara comes in second on the list, with 11 double hundreds to his name. The left-handed batsman had 12,400 runs to his name in red ball cricket at an impeccable average of 57.40.
Brian Lara, West Indian middle-order batsman has nine double centuries added to his long list of achievements. He had scored 11,953 runs in 131 Tests at an average of 52.88. One particular innings for which he is remembered is his knock of 400 not out against England, which is still the highest score in Test cricket.
Among active cricketers, it is Virat Kohli who tops the list for most double hundreds. The Indian skipper has 7 double hundreds to his name, with his highest score being 254 not out. One can believe that Kohli has plenty of time to catch up on to the likes of Don Bradman, Brian Lara and Kumar Sangakkara.
Regarded as part of the current Fab Four, Joe Root has the second most number of double hundreds among active players. The English skipper has 5 scores of 200 or more to his name, with his highest score being 254. Root averages over 50 in this format, and like his counterpart, Virat Kohli has reasonable time to catch onto the top 3 in this list.