The Indian skipper Virat Kohli recently became the fastest batsman to complete 22000 International runs and broke former legend Sachin Tendulkar’s record. Kohli took 462 innings to get to the landmark whereas Sachin Tendulkar had taken 493 innings. Furthermore, Kohli also leapfrogged MS Dhoni’s record as he became the Indian captain with most International fours.
Dhoni had scored 499 fours in the 172 matches he led the Indian whereas Kohli has thus far struck 505 boundaries in 87 matches as an Indian skipper. Kohli had achieved both of these milestones during his 87-ball 89 in the second ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Come the third ODI against Australia, Kohli will be looking to get another record under his belt. The talisman has amassed 11977 runs in his One-Day career and thus he is only 23 runs away from reaching 12000 ODI runs.
Kohli will be the fastest to get to the landmark as he will take 242 innings if he manages to score 23 more runs in the third ODI. On the other hand, Sachin Tendulkar had taken 300 ODI innings to score 12000 runs.
Overall, Kohli will be the sixth player in the list, only after Australia’s former captain Ricky Ponting, Sri Lanka’s wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, and Mahela Jayawardene. Ponting took 314 innings, Sangakkara took 336 innings, Jayasuriya took 379 innings whereas Jayawardene took 399 innings to get to the landmark.
Meanwhile, India have lost the first two matches against Australia and they will want a big score from their skipper in the last ODI. Kohli was looking at his ominous best in the second ODI and he will look to deliver the goods.
Kohli will head back home to be with his wife for the birth of his first child after the first Test match against Australia. The third ODI will take place at Manuka Oval, Canberra on December 2.