Canberra: Indian captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday became the quickest batsman to score 12,000 runs in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Kohli arrived at the milestone in the third and last ODI of the three-match series against Australia at the Manuka Oval.
The Indian captain took 242 innings (251 matches) to make 12,000 ODI runs, 58 less than legendary Sachin Tendulkar who had arrived at the milestone in 300 ODI innings (309 matches). Kohli averages near 60 in the ODI format which he has dominated throughout the years.
Ex-Australian captain Ricky Ponting comes third in the rundown as he had taken 314 innings (323 matches) to score 12,000 runs in ODIs. He is followed by Kumar Sangakkara (336 innings, 359 matches), Sanath Jayasuria (379 innings, 390 matches) and Mahela Jayawardene (399 innings, 426 matches).
Kohli has additionally played 86 Tests and 82 T20Is in which he has made 7,240 and 2,794 runs respectively. As of late, he turned into the ninth Indian cricketer to make 250 ODI appearances. He has made more than 221,000 international runs across formats until now.
Overall, Tendulkar holds the record for making most ODI appearances for India. The 47-year-old played 463 ODIs in his amazing career in which he made 18,426 runs with the assistance of 49 hundred. Plus, he additionally played 200 Tests and 1 T20I scoring 15,921 and 10 runs respectively.
Virat Kohli has been in nice form in the ongoing ODI series. He seemed sharp in the series opener in Sydney yet was dismissed for 21. Nonetheless, the captain hit a strong 89 in the second match, displaying the wide exhibit of strokes yet his efforts were insufficient for India in their large chases of 375 and 390.
2020 hasn’t been a nice year for Virat Kohli as India skipper as the Asian goliaths have lost 5 consecutive ODIs – 3 in New Zealand and 2 in Australia. He may become first India skipper since Sunil Gavaskar in 1981 to lose over 5 ODIs on the trot.