Virat Kohli Becomes Fastest Batsman To Score 22,000 Runs In International Cricket
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Virat Kohli Becomes Fastest Batsman To Score 22,000 Runs In International Cricket

Virat Kohli [Photo-Google]

Indian captain, Virat Kohli on Sunday became the fastest batsman to reach 22,000 international runs. The 32-year-old achieved this landmark during his 89-run inning while chasing against Australia in Sydney.

Kohli, who was also celebrating his 250th ODI cap for the national team, has left behind greats of the game as he completed his 22,000th run in his 462nd international inning. Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, and Ricky Ponting who took 493, 511, and 514 innings respectively to record the same feat.

Virat Kohli Becomes Fastest Batsman To Score 22,000 Runs In International Cricket
Virat Kohli [Photo-DNA]
The right-hander has amassed 11977 runs at an average of 59.14 in ODIs with 43 hundreds to his name along with 7240 Test runs, and 2794 runs in T20Is. The Delhi-born batsman is regarded as arguably the greatest ODI batsman. He is just six three-figure scores short of Tendulkar.

Currently, Kohli is facing the heat as  India lost the second ODI against Australia and the series as well. The captain was found searching for a sixth bowler when the Aussie batsmen,  in particular, Steve Smith was carving the Indian bowlers to every corner of the SCG.

The former Aussie skipper recorded his 11th ODI ton – 5th against India –  as Australia posted a mammoth total of 389/4. In reply, the men in blue lost wickets at regular intervals, and the chase never got going.

Virat Kohli to miss 3 Test matches against Australia

Virat Kohli, Ian Chappell, Pink Ball Test
Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)

After the completion of the ODI and 3-match T20I series, both the teams will lock horns in the 4-match Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

However, regular captain, Virat Kohli will miss out on the last three Test matches as he will return to India to attend the birth of his first child with his wife and Bollywood actress, Anushka Sharma.

He has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI and will lead the side in the ODIs, T20Is, and the first Test in Adelaide. Ajinkya Rahane is likely to captain the team in the last three Test matches in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.

Here is the list of batsmen with over 22,000 runs in international cricket with the number of innings taken by them:

Player Innings
Virat Kohli 462
Sachin Tendulkar 493
Brian Lara 511
Ricky Ponting 514
Jacques Kallis 533
Rahul Dravid 550
Kumar Sangakkara 552
Mahela Jayawardene 606

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