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Tahir Ibn Manzoor (Tahir Hussain Sofi) is an editor at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter - @TahirIbnManzoor

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Earlier, three Kashmir cricketers including Mattoo working in Dubai, had made it to the final selection trials conducted by Peshawar Zalmi.
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Kashmir Cricketer Mohsin Mushtaq Mattoo To Play Club World Cup For Dubai Zalmi

It’s a joyous moment for the cricket frenzy people of Jammu and Kashmir State in itself as Kashmir-born cricketer Mohsin Mushtaq Mattoo has made it to the final selection list of club-level Dubai Zalmi cricket team while participating in the Peshawar Zalmi’s family hunt drive in Dubai.

Earlier, three Kashmir cricketers including Mattoo working in Dubai, had made it to the final selection trials conducted by Peshawar Zalmi.

“I’m happy to announce that Kashmir player Mushtaq has made it to final selection for Dubai Zalmi. We want to stress that all selections for Global Zalmi talent hunt programs are being made purely on merit. The platform is open for everyone,” said Emmad Hameed, Media Manager for Pakistan Super League (PSL), Peshawar Zalmi.

In a bid to give their talent the wings – Mohsin Mushtaq Matoo, Farooq Ahmed Khatana from Srinagar and Hilal Maqbool of north Kashmir’s Sopore [Tarzoo] had participated in the talent hunt drive held in Dubai on October 20.
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“Being a part of talent hunt drive from PSL franchise Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai is a matter of pride for me. Our training will undergo under the tutelage of Shahid Afridi, Darren Sammy and coach like Muhammad Akram,” said Mohsin Mushtaq.

Considering it as the biggest opportunity and platform to showcase their talent, over 300 cricketers had participated in the trials at the Dubai ICC Academy.

“There was a tough competition overall. I just focussed on my batting. I had to face some good pacers from Pakistan. They are so deadly bowlers and facing such bowlers is always a challenge,” Mushtaq added.

The trial was held under former skipper of PSL franchise Peshawar Zalmi Shahid Afridi and its head coach Muhammad Akram.

“I’m pretty much excited that I made it to the final trials as a batsman for Dubai Zalmi. It was the great learning curve and experience for me to be the part of Zalmi talent hunt drive. There’s always a next time and I would return with a bang,” said Hilal Maqbool, one of the contenders in Peshawar Zalmi’s family talent hunt drive.

The motto was to select the best talent from the Peshawar Zalmi talent hunting camps to train them in the academies.

“We really appreciate the efforts of Mr. Javed Afridi. It’s an inspirational initiative to provide international level platform for the cricketers who are struggling to showcase their talent because of the lack of the infrastructure. They’re doing a wonderful job on the ground,” said Farooq Ahmad Khatan, who participated as a fast bowler and can bat a bit.

Zalmi owner Javid Afridi in the past had made promises to the cricket fans since the franchise came into existence.

“I am proud to announce Zalmi World Cup, first time ever in the history of Pakistan,
International platform will be provided to showcase talent,” former Pakistan skipper
Shahid Afridi made an announcement on Twitter.

Mattoo is likely feature in the upcoming Club World Cup for Dubai Zalmi. Zalmi Club World Cup is considered a significant move from the PSL franchise.

Zalmi’s CEO Javed Afridi for cricket-at-large in which 10 club level teams will participate from ten different countries.

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Virat Kohli has been passionate. Photo Credit: BCCI.
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Stats: Five Batsmen with most Double Centuries in Test Cricket

Test cricket is the purest form of cricket. The patience of the batsman is tested in a big way, especially the top order batsman and the batsman coming down the order. Scoring a double century in the Test match is a great achievement and that too consistently is remarkable.

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The astronomical rise in Virat Kohli’s batting had already become the talk of the town owing to his delightful strokes.

Leading from the front as an example, Kohli has made it a norm by spending the quality time on the crease while toying with the opponent bowlers.In 104 Test innings, Kohli amassed 4,975 runs at an average of 51.82. He smashed 19 hundreds and 14 fifties.

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With such stamina, the sensational top-order batsman Kohli made batting easy even on a difficult surface for the batting in the recent past.

The 29-year-old batting star Kohli has further collected his fifth double-hundred in Test cricket in his 62nd Test match, in a bid to become overall 12th player alongside South Africa’s former skipper Graeme Smith to score the most double-hundreds.

While equalling the record of Rahul Dravid, who collected five hundreds in 164 Tests, Kohli also equalled the record of Brian Lara as a skipper with five double hundreds under the belt. Click Hare For More Information – Most Double Centuries

Interestingly, Kohli has become fourth Indian to register four double-hundred mark which further includes Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who smashed six double-hundreds each.

List of Players with Most double hundreds in Test  Career
Player Name Matches Total Innings Average 200s
Don Bradman (Australia) 52 80 99.94 12
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 134 233 57.40 11
Brian Lara (Windies) 131 232 52.88 9
Wally Hammond (England) 85 140 58.45 7
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) 149 252 49.84 7
Marvan Atapattu (Sri Lanka) 90 156 39.02 6
Virender Sehwag (India) 104 180 49.34 6
Javed Miandad (Pakistan) 124 189 52.57 6
Younis Khan (Pakistan) 118 213 52.05 6
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 168 287 51.85 6
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 200 329 53.78 6
Virat Kohli  (India) 62* 104 51.82 5
Graeme Smith (South Africa) 117 205 48.25 5
Rahul Dravid (India) 164 286 52.31 5

Stats Credit: Cricinfo.

Here, we further take a look at five batsmen with most double centuries in Test cricket:

1. Don Bradman (Most Double Centuries in Test Cricket)

Don Bradman is one of the greatest batsmen of all time for Australia and the world. He retired from Test cricket in 1948 against England. He used to come at number 3 in the batting order and made the batting look very easy.

He played 52 Test matches and scored 6996 runs with an average of 99.94 which by any standard is jaw-dropping. He scored 29 centuries and 13 half-centuries. Don Bradman scored 12 double centuries. His best score was 334.

He scored eight double centuries against England, one against South Africa, one against West Indies, one against South Africa, one against India. He was one of the best cricketers.

2. Kumar Sangakkara (Most Double Centuries in Test Cricket)

Kumar Sangakkara was another Sri Lankan batsman who had the habit of scoring of huge runs. He retired after the second Test match against India recently. He used to come at number 3 in the batting order for the most number of times in Test cricket. He played 134 Test matches and scored 12400 runs at an average of 57.40.

He scored 38 centuries and 52 half-centuries. Kumar Sangakkara scored 11 double centuries in Test cricket which is a great achievement for any cricketer. His best score was 319 in 2014. He and Mahela Jayawardene shared some excellent partnerships and made huge scores in Test cricket.

Kumar Sangakkara scored three double-centuries against Pakistan, one against Zimbabwe, two against South Africa, three against Bangladesh, one against India, one against New Zealand.

3. Brian Lara (Most Double Centuries in Test Cricket)

Brian Lara was another excellent left-handed batsman for West Indies. He retired from Test cricket against Pakistan in 2006. He used to bat in middle-order for West Indies and created pressure on the bowlers from the start. He played 131 Test matches and scored 11953 runs with an average of 52.88. He scored 34 centuries and 48 half-centuries.

Brian Lara scored 9 double centuries. His best score was 400 not out. He was a special batsman who made the batting look very easy and put the pressure on opponent bowlers. He scored two double centuries against Australia, two against Sri Lanka, two against England, one against South Africa.

4. Wally Hammond (Most Double Centuries in Test Cricket)

Wally Hammond was an excellent English cricketer who played from 1920 to 1951. He played for England and retired from Test cricket in 1947 against New Zealand. He played 85 Test matches and scored 7249 runs with an average of 58.45.

He scored 22 centuries and 24 half-centuries. Out of 22 centuries, he converted 7 into double centuries. His best score was 336 not out. He scored double centuries against Four against Australia, two against New Zealand, one against India.

5. Mahela Jayawardene (Most Double Centuries in Test Cricket)

Mahela Jayawardene was one of the greatest middle order batsmen in Test cricket who was brilliant with his feet movement. He played for Sri Lanka and retired from Test cricket in 2014. He played 149 Test matches and scored 11814 runs at an average of 49.84. He scored 34 centuries and 50 half-centuries. Out of 34 centuries, he converted those centuries into 7 double centuries in Test cricket.

Mahela Jayawardene was the backbone of the Sri Lankan middle order and won many matches on his own with his excellent batting.  Mahela Jayawardene scored double two double centuries against South Africa, two against India, two against England, two against Pakistan, one against Bangladesh.

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