After Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli becomes second Indian cricketer to complete 3000 international runs in Australia


Indian captain Virat Kohli once again etched his name in the history with another record in the ongoing series against Australia. Kohli became the second player after Sachin Tendulkar’s to complete 3,000 international runs in Australia. However, he recently surpassed Tendulkar’s record for being the quickest player to score the 12,000 runs. He equalled the feat in the limited-overs format after scoring 85 runs in the third and final T20I against Australia.

Although Kohli did well with the bat, India lost the three-match One Day International series by 1-2 but won the three-match Twenty20 International series by 2-1. While the batting maestro finished his career with 3,300 runs in Australia, Virat Kohli so far is on 3,052 runs across formats as well. He has so far amassed 1,274 runs in Tests, 1,327 runs in ODIs and 451 from T20Is too.

He also became the sixth overseas cricketer to reach the 3,000-run mark in Australia after Sir Vivian Richards, Desmond Haynes, David Gower, Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar. Notably, Richards tops the list with a whopping 4,529 runs from 95 games. It is also noteworthy that Australia won the third and final T20I by 12 runs.

Both the teams will take on each other for the important Test series starting December 17, 2020, in Adelaide. However, the Indian captain will play the first Test and after that, he will return home as he is going to be a father soon with his wife, Anushka Sharma.

“I felt good (after the third T20I). I have got into a good head-space. I was a bit scratchy in the first ODI. I guess I was thinking too much about my technique. You are in a good headspace when you are playing well and are able to switch from one format to the other,” said Virat Kohli in the post-match media interaction.

He further added that they need to bring their ‘A’ game into four-match Test series as this Australian team is totally different than the team they beat in the last season. Notably, that team didn’t feature two of their best batsmen – David Warner and Steve Smith due to their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal.

“We need to take the same competitive attitude into the Tests, and having played here a few times, we can score runs as well. Once it’s time to capitalize and score, we need to do that session by session. I’m sure the current side is stronger than last time (Test matches) and I’ll see if I can play the tour match,” he concluded.

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