India captain Virat Kohli has achieved a great milestone on Wednesday. He successfully broke batting legend Sachin Tendulkar’s record and became the fastest player to reach 12000 ODI runs during the third One Day International against Australia at the Manuka Oval on Wednesday.
Tendulkar had reached the feat during his 300th innings against Pakistan at the Centurion in South Africa during the 2003 World Cup, whereas Virat Kohli took only 242 ODI innings to reach the landmark – 58 innings less than what Tendulkar took to reach – when he reached the score of 23 in his 63-run knock. The batting maestro had scored a match-winning 98 off just 75 balls as well.
Meanwhile, Kohli had a total of 11977 runs in 241 innings which came at an average of 59.29 and strike rate of 93.32 before the start of the match, which also included 43 centuries and 59 fifties. Notably, he reached the feat in the first ball of the 12th over when he took a single off Australia speedster Sean Abbott.
Only six batsmen have reached the milestone of 12000 runs in the history of ODI cricket. Apart from Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting reached the milestone in 314 innings, Kumar Sangakkara took 336 innings to reach, Sanath Jayasuriya in 379 and Mahela Jayawardene in 399. However, Kohli’s 242 innings proved his greatness and consistency as well as his calibre in the format.
Another statistic also shows Kohli’s dominance in ODI cricket in comparison with Tendulkar after a similar number of matches. Tendulkar was much ahead of anyone else in his era in the 50-over format. At the similar stage in his career (as Kohli) he had 9237 runs at 42.17 runs per dismissal at a strike rate of 86.41 which also included 25 tons and 47 fifties. However, there is a difference of 2740 runs and 18 centuries between him and Kohli after their respective 241 innings in ODI.
As far as Virat Kohli’s today’s game is concerned, he has scored another half-century – 63 off 78 with 5 fours after he won the toss and elected to bat first. But he once again failed to convert it in a century and India are currently struggling at 176 for 5 after 38 overs. Notably, India has lost the three-match ODI series by 2-0 already with the third game is still going on.
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