Updated: January 19, 2016 11:16:22 am
Virat Kohli’s exceptional run in the shorter formats continues and the dashing right-hander has already smashed, and set, plenty of records during his only seven-year-old career.
On Sunday, Kohli became the fastest batsman to not only 7000 ODI runs but also 24 ODI tons. For a 27-year-old, scoring 24 tons is no ordinary feat. He now sits pretty on fifth position in batting records for most hundred and is only seven away from becoming No.2, a slot behind legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
What is more astonishing about Kohli’s feat is the number of matches/innings he has taken to reach there. While Kumar Sangakkara took as many as 380 innings to score 25 ODI tons, Kohli is one shy of the former Sri Lanka captain and enjoys advantage of 219 innings.
The other two batsmen trailing Tendulkar, and retired from international cricket, have played twice the innings as Kohli has at the moment and are only 6 ahead of the flamboyant no.3. Sanath Jayasuriya has 28 ODI hundreds in 433 innings and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is No.2 on the list with 30 hundreds from 365 innings.
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Apart from the hundreds, Kohli also became the fastest to 7000 ODI runs, bettering AB de Villiers record. Kohli would now have set his sights on the 8000-run mark and need to reach there in 20 innings or less to break the South African’s record of scoring those runs in 182 innings.
Kohli, however, is facing stiff competition from Hashim Amla who continues breaking Kohli’s record. If Kohli took 136 innings to reach 6000-run mark, Amla broke the record with 13 innings to spare. With 6008 runs from 123 innings, Amla needs another 992 from 37 innings or less to break another Kohli record.
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