The run-machine Virat Kohli added yet another feather to his illustrious hat on Sunday at his second home M Chinnaswamy Stadium. He broke the record of MS Dhoni to become the fastest batsman to 5000 ODI runs as skipper in International cricket.
He achieved the feat during the third and final ODI match of the series against Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. While Kohli achieved the feat in his 82nd innings as the captain of the Indian cricket team, Dhoni managed it in 127 innings. Australia’s Ricky Ponting stands third in the list of fastest to the milestone – 131 innings.
Virat Kohli reached the milestone in 82 Innings:
He also became the fourth Indian captain to reach the milestone of 5000 ODI runs as a skipper after MS Dhoni (6641 runs), Mohammad Azharuddin (5239 runs) and Sourav Ganguly (5104 runs). And overall, will be the eighth player to join the club. Ponting stands atop with 8497 runs and others on the list are New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming (6295), Arjuna Ranatunga (5608 runs), and South Africa’s Graeme Smith (5416 runs).
Kohli scored 94 runs in the two matches against Australia in the series. In the opener, he batted at No.4 and scored only 16 runs, but on returning to his preferred No.3 spot, he carved a well-crafted 78 in Rajkot to guide India to a series-levelling win.
In the third match, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. Steve Smith’s ninth century and Marnus Labuschagne maiden fifty helped the Aussies post 286/9 in 50 overs. Wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey also contributed 35 runs but failed to take off after settling in the middle. For India, Mohammad Shami took a four-wicket haul while Ravindra Jadeja scalped two wickets.
Least innings to 5000 ODI runs as captain:
127 MS DHONI
131 R Ponting
135 G Smith
136 S Ganguly
151 M Azharuddin
157 A Ranatunga
201 S Fleming