India captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday became only the second-ever Indian to score more than 10,000 international runs in India, following the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar. The right-hander achieved this feat in the first of the 3-match ODI series against England at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Virat Kohli surpassed this landmark en route his brisk half-century – 61st in ODIs. Kohli scored 56 runs off 60 balls with the help of 6 boundaries. Of his 22745 international runs, he now has 10002 runs at home – only Tendulkar with 14192 runs in India, out of his 34357, is ahead – meaning Virat Kohli has more than 10,000 runs away from home as well!
Overall, for batters with the most international runs at home, the Indian skipper is at 6th position – behind Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene.
England on top after electing to bowl first
At the time of writing this piece, India has Hardik Pandya as Ben Stokes’ third wicket of the day. Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first. While England didn’t get a wicket with the new ball they kept the Indian openers, Rohit Sharm and Shikhar Dhawan in check giving away 64 runs in 15 overs before nipping out Rohit.
Dhawan and Virat Kohli increased the run rate with regular boundaries. As Kohli was looking set for a big score, after crossing his fifty, Mark Wood got rid of the Indian skipper. With Kohli’s wicket, the hosts suffered a slide – Shreyas Iyer was undone by Mark Wood’s extreme pace before Dhawan fell 2 runs short of his 8th ODI ton.
Hardik’s wicket comes as a massive dent for the hopes of India putting up a total close to 350 on a flat wicket. Debutant Krunal Pandya joined out-of-form KL Rahul in the 41st over and started his innings with alacrity with 3 boundaries off Sam Curran.