Team India captain Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap by becoming the fastest batsman to score 10,000 runs in ODIs. With this Kohli surpassed his idol and batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar who took 258 innings to achieve the target, while Kohli did in his just 205th innings. The third quickest in the list is another Indian captain Sourav Ganguly who took 263 innings, followed by Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and former skipper MS Dhoni.
Kohli has affirmed his place as No 3 batsman and scored 30 centuries. Kohli also has best batting average while batting on No 3 spot. These numbers show his greatness. But, it also to be noted that there are some records which are probably here to stay and even Kohli will find it difficult to break them.
Take a look…
Rohit Sharma’s three 200s
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are often regarded as one of the best ODI pairs. Earlier, the duo led India to a victory in the 1st ODI against West Indies. Though Kohli has overshadowed Rohit almost every time, he also appreciates the record own by his fellow compatriot. And one such record is of 3 double hundreds in ODIs. ‘Hit Man’ Rohit has smashed 209 against Australia in 2013, 264 in 2014 against Sri Lanka and 208* against Sri Lanka in 2017. This record created by Rohit looks difficult for Kohli to achieve if we note few factors like, Rohit is an opener and gets more balls to play, compared to Kohli. It is highly impossible for Kohli to achieve this feat in ODIs.
Brian Lara 400
West Indian great Brian Lara shattered the world record in 2004. Lara smashed 400* against England in Test to create a record of the highest individual score in a Test inning. In 2004, in a 4-match Test series, Windies were down to 3-1 when Lara, the then skipper took matter in his own hands and brought up his record 400.
Sachin Tendulkar’s 18,000 run mark
After surpassing his idol in becoming the fastest to sore 10,000 ODI, Virat Kohli’s fans would want him to hit 18,000 ODI runs. Tendulkar achieved this feat during India’s World Cup quarterfinal match against Australia in 2016. However, considering his age and difficulties in keeping oneself fit, it looks hard for Kohli to equal to Sachin’s this milestone.
Fastest century by AB de Villiers
Famously known as ‘Mr 360 degree’, AB de Villiers set the world record of the fastest ODI century against the West Indies. AB hit 100 off just 31 balls and finished the innings with 149 off 44 balls with nine 4s and sixteen 6s. But, Kohli could try breaking AB’s record of fastest 50 in the ODIs, which came in just 16 balls.
Most sixes in an innings
Well, there is a tie in this list for the 1st spot between Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers and West Indies power hitter Chris Gayle. All three of them have hit 16 sixes in an innings. While Rohit Sharma achieved this against Australia in 2013, AB de hit 6s against West Indies in 2015. Gayle achieved this against Zimbabwe in his innings of 2015. Kohli is not a big power hitter like these three players. In comparison to Kohli, Rohit scores most of his runs in sixes and goes for big hits.