Team India captain Virat Kohli today became the fastest ever to 10,000 ODI runs. The Indian captain achieved the feat in the second ODI against West Indies in Vizag.
Going into the match on Wednesday, Kohli needed 81 runs to touch the magical figure of 10,000 ODI runs. The right-hander got to the mark in the 37th over of India’s innings after he won the toss and elected to bat first. After scoring a Man of the Match-winning hundred in the first ODI in Guwahati, Kohli continued his good form and got to 81 in 91 balls.
Kohli went past the great Sachin Tendulkar, who got to 10,000 ODI runs in 259 innings, by getting to the landmark in merely 205 knocks. In a remarkable record, the three fastest players to 10,000 ODI runs are all Indians.
Kohli is fifth Indian to reach the milestone and join an elite club dominated by Asian players. He joins Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly among Indians to score 10,000 career runs in ODIs. Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Brian Lara are the only players from non-Asian sides.
The five quickest players to get to 10,000 ODI runs are : Virat Kohli – 205 innings, Sachin Tendulkar – 259 innings, Sourav Ganguly – 263 innings, Ricky Ponting – 266 innings and Jacques Kallis – 272 innings.
Kohli became the 13th batsman to reach the milestone with an unbeaten 157 off 129 balls, which was his 37th ODI hundred. He also became the fastest to 1,000 runs in a calendar year, taking just 11 innings to get there. The Indian skipper is also the fastest in terms of time taken to score the runs as he reached the milestone in 10 years and 67 days. Sachin Tendulkar had taken 11 years and 103 days while Rahul Dravid was fastest before Kohli reaching the mark in 10 years and 317 days.
Some years ago, Tendulkar, after scoring his 100th international century, said he would love to see an Indian — someone like Kohli or Rohit Sharma — break his records. At a venue set amidst 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.