On Friday, the skipper of the Indian National Cricket Team Virat Kohli added yet another milestone in his kitty to show his calibre to the world. He completed 11,000 runs in international cricket as captain across formats during the ongoing third and final T20 international against Sri Lanka in Pune.
Kohli needed just one run before this game to reach the landmark which he did in the 13th over of India’s innings after they were put in to bat by Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga. Virat Kohli got to the milestone in his 169th international match and in the process, also broke Ricky Ponting’s record to become the fastest captain to achieve the feat in terms of both matches and innings played.
Virat Kohli is the sixth captain to achieve the feat:
The 31-year-old has 7202 runs from 84 Tests and has scored 11609 ODI runs from 242 games at an average of over fifty across all the formats. Kohli is the second Indian captain after MS Dhoni to score 11,000 runs across all the forms and has the highest average among all captains in the 11000 club.
Overall, Kohli is the sixth captain to achieve the feat after Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith, Stephen Fleming, MS Dhoni and Allan Border. Kohli got to the feat in just his 196th innings. Ponting had previously held the record for being the fastest captain to 11000 runs. He had done it in 252 innings. Kohli’s predecessor Dhoni had taken 324 innings.
It is no surprise that Kohli has broken this record. The right-handed batsman is regarded as one of the best batsmen cricket world has seen, and he is not done yet. Kohli averages over 50 in all three formats. Interestingly, last year, he became the fastest batsman to score 11,000 runs in ODIs.
In the second T20I at Indore, Kohli becomes the fastest to score 1000 T20I runs as captain, and he achieved the feat in his 30th innings as skipper. Not only that, but he also overtook Rohit Sharma to become the leading run-scorer in T20I cricket during his unbeaten knock off 30 off 17 balls as India won the game by seven wickets.