Records continue to galore for the charismatic Indian batsman Virat Kohli. On Wednesday, the current Indian captain broke his idol and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s record of being the fastest to 12000 ODI runs.
Kohli, who also happens to be the fastest to 8000, 9000, 10000, and 11000 ODI runs, has joined an elusive list of batsmen who have scored more than 12000 runs which include Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, and the Sri Lankan trio of Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene.
Virat Kohli has achieved the feat in a mere 242 innings which is 58 innings less than what the legendary Sachin Tendulkar took when he breached the 12000-run mark during the 2003 World Cup fixture against Pakistan.
While Sachin took 300 innings, Ricky Ponting took 314 innings followed by Kumar Sangakkara (336), Sanath Jayasuriya (379), and Mahela Jayawardene (399).
Another day. Another milestone reached. @imVkohli becomes the fastest to reach the 1️⃣2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ ODI run mark, a record previously held by Sachin Tendulkar. ?? ?#PlayBold #AUSvIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/kcBP6A2YBP
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) December 2, 2020
Virat Kohli was 23 runs behind the magical number coming into the 3rd One-day International against Australia at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
And, the champion batsman duly achieved the feat on the first ball of the 12th over when the No.1 ODI batsman in the world danced down the track and cover-drove Sean Abbott to thunderous applause by the crowd in Canberra.
Runs – 12040
Kane Williamson + Joe Root
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) December 2, 2020
Kohli celebrated his feat with a brilliant half-century- his second of the series- but as has been the case in the past year or so, just as it looked like he was nearing a hundred, he was dismissed on 63 by Josh Hazlewood.
Nevertheless, Virat Kohli’s ODIs numbers after today’s knock read: 12040 runs in 242 innings at an average of 59.31 with 59 50s and 43 three-figure scores.
Fastest to 12000 ODI runs (in terms of no of innings taken)
Sachin Tendulkar- 300
Ricky Ponting- 314
Kumar Sangakkara- 336
Sanath Jayasuriya- 379
Mahela Jayawardene- 399