Virat Kohli on Wednesdat became the fastest cricketer to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals, rewriting Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
Tendulkar took 259 innings to get there, while Kohli has so far batted in 205 innings. Fortune, too, was on Kohli’s side as West Indies skipper Jason Holder dropped his Indian counterpart on 44.
Kohli became the 13th batsman to reach the milestone.
At a venue set amid picturesque hills, Kohli reached the mark when he played Ashley Nurse for a single in the 37th over of the second ODI against the West Indies.
Having an enviable record at the Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium with scores of 118, 117, 99 and 65, Kohli began his latest innings with a boundary through the off-side.
Entering the game 81 short of 10,000, with this achievement the run machine added another feather to his illustrious cap.
Kohli has been in sublime form across formats this year and has scored over 900 runs in ODIs alone. He is the world’s No.1 batsman in both the Test and one-day formats.
Kohli’s journey has been awe-inspiring, from his first-class debut, winning the U-19 World Cup, captaining the Indian team, to rewriting batting records at will.
With his unbeatable performances, Kohli has won several accolades, including the Arjuna award, ICC World Cricketer of the year and multiple BCCI international Cricketer of the Year awards.
“It’s an incredible achievement by Virat to complete 10,000 runs ODI before he is even 30 years old. It’s only expected that Virat will reach many more batting milestones in future,” BCCI acting president CK Khanna said.
In the first match against the Caribbean side, Kohli notched up his 36th ODI hundred as he stroked his way to a breezy 140, helping the home team take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Besides Tendulkar and Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rahul Dravid are the other Indian cricketers to cross 10,000 runs in the format.