Most Double Centuries in Test Cricket | Most 200 in Tests

Test Cricket is one of the most cherished formats of the game. Both batsmen and bowlers aim to pioneer this format of the game. For a batsman, it becomes highly important to acquire the crease for longer periods of time. It becomes necessary to convert good-looking starts into huge scores of hundreds and even double centuries in a given Test match. Players who continuously score double centuries in Test cricket are greatly recognized for their skills to bat for long hours against the red ball.

Most double centuries in Test Cricket

Former Australian batting maestro, Sir Don Bradman holds the record for scoring the most double hundreds in Test Cricket. Bradman, who finished with a mind-boggling Test average of 99.94, registered 12 double centuries in his entire Test career. Following Bradman, former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara holds the second spot with 11 Test double centuries.

Most double centuries in Test Cricket
Virat Kohli has scored most Test double tons since 2016 (Image Source: Dawn)

Among the current generation of players, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has scored 7 double hundreds in Test cricket which is the most for any Test player since 2016. In 2016, Kohli scored his maiden Test double century against West Indies at Antigua. His latest 200 in Tests came against South Africa in Pune, in 2019. Kohli scored 254* against the Proteas to also register his highest individual score in Test cricket.

Here's a list of players who have scored the most double centuries in Test Cricket.

Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0 200s
DG Bradman (AUS) 1928-1948 52 80 10 6996 334 99.94 29 13 7 12
KC Sangakkara (SL) 2000-2015 134 233 17 12400 319 57.40 38 52 11 11
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2006 131 232 6 11953 400* 52.88 34 48 17 9
WR Hammond (ENG) 1927-1947 85 140 16 7249 336* 58.45 22 24 4 7
V Kohli (INDIA) 2011-2020 86 145 10 7240 254* 53.62 27 22 10 7
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 1997-2014 149 252 15 11814 374 49.84 34 50 15 7
MS Atapattu (SL) 1990-2007 90 156 15 5502 249 39.02 16 17 22 6
V Sehwag (ICC/INDIA) 2001-2013 104 180 6 8586 319 49.34 23 32 16 6
Javed Miandad (PAK) 1976-1993 124 189 21 8832 280* 52.57 23 43 6 6
Younis Khan (PAK) 2000-2017 118 213 19 10099 313 52.05 34 33 19 6
Joe Root (ENG) 2012-2021 125 230 18 10600 254 50.00 28 55 11 5

(Stat Courtesy: ESPNCricinfo)

Virat Kohli has been unable to hit any double century since managing the 254*against the Proteas back in October 2019. In fact, Kohli has been unable to manage a century since 2019. This is a major blow to the average and other stats. It is not a surprise that the average runs for Kohli have dropped from around 54 to under 50 in the last two years. Kohli now has the lowest average runs among the top five batsmen with the most double centuries in test cricket. All of the players above Kohli has been able to hit an average of more than 50 in their accomplished careers.

Meanwhile, Joe Root is the next on the current list of players to have hit a double century. He is also the latest in the top 10 list to have hit a double century. Root was able to come up with 228 and 215 in the space of a few months. Considering that Root is only 31 years old, he may very well be able to surpass a string of players who are above him in the list of most double centuries in test cricket. Another double century will put him on level terms with the likes of Sehwag, Younis Khan, Javed Miandad, Ricky Ponting, and Sachin Tendulkar.

Article with Stats last updated on: 20/04/24