The Indian cricket team Skipper Virat Kohli, has reached a point in his one-day international career where every time he swings his bat, he breaks some record or the other. During his play against the Windies in the 2nd ODI at Visakhapatnam, Kohli became the third Indian batsman to complete 10,000 runs on home soil.
Virat Kohli managed to surpass his idol Sachin Tendulkar yet again, becoming the fastest batsman to take least number of innings to complete 10,000 runs as a batsman. Virat Kohli reached the mark in his 205th innings, while Tendulkar took 259 innings to complete the milestone. Another notable Indian cricketer besides Tendulkar and Virat Kohli is former India Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Dhoni had taken 273 innings to reach the feat. Virat Kohli is now the fifth Indian batsman and the 13th overall to complete 10,000 runs in ODIs.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 24, 2018
Opting to bat first, Kohli led Indian team with a spectacular 157* (not out) adding to the team’s total tally of 322 runs. His swift batting skills led him through to hit 13 boundaries and four sixes at the YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vizag on the 24th of October 2018.When he reached 48 in the 24th over of the Indian innings, Kohli also broke Tendulkar’s record (1573) of most ODI runs by an Indian batsman against West Indies.
As the runs increased on the Indian side, the nerves crept in for the West Indies team when the on-field think -tank of Kholi and Dhoni Kept making things more difficult for the chasers with their smart batting skills. Kohli smashed rookie Obed McCoy for a couple of sixes over long on.
Software update all the time. Virat Kohli has redefined what consistency means. Got his 9000th odi run just 11 innings ago and got his 10000 th today, to go with his 37th century. Enjoy the phenomena #KingKohli pic.twitter.com/OPhvIsBRDJ
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 24, 2018
As the run score put up by the Indian team seemed daunting, the Windies did not deter. The 143-run partnership ensued between Hetmyer and Shai Hope put the Windies back in the game, giving us a nail biting finish. Hetmyer launched into the Indian spinners and rattled them with a furry of sixes. He turned destructive in the region between long-off and deep mid wicket. Shai Hope was the perfect foil for the marauding Hetmyer, as the former kept rotating strikes while finding the fence on a fairly regular basis. The West Indies lads fought toe to toe with the Indian cricket team, resulting the match head for a tie.
Here’s A look at the records Virat broke during his 37th ODI century:
- He is fastest to the milestone in terms of innings taken (205), balls faced (10813) and days from debut (3270). He became the second youngest to the milestone at 29 years & 353 days after Sachin Tendulkar who was only 27 years & 341 days when he reached the milestone in Indore in 2001.
- He is the second player averaging 50-plus at the end of the innings after reaching the 10,000-run milestone. Kohli’s average stands at 59.62 after the innings which is way ahead of the next placed MS Dhoni’s 51.30 when he went past the 10,000-run mark at Lord’s earlier this year.
- 1684 – Runs for Kohli against Windies in 29 ODIs. He went past Tendulkar’s 1573 runs from 39 ODIs against them to become the leading run-getter for India against Windies in ODI cricket. He averages 70.16 against them and in runs tally against Windies he is only behind Javed Miandad (1930) and Mark Waugh (1708).
- Kohli became the second player to hit hundreds in three consecutive innings against Windies after Babar Azam in the tri-series in UAE in 2016. Kohli scored an unbeaten 111 in Kingston last July in the last match of the series and followed it up with 140 in the first ODI in Guwahati and 157* today. Kohli became the first player to hit hundreds in three consecutive innings against two sides, having earlier done that against Sri Lanka in 2012.
- He score the most runs against West Indies as an Indian Cricketer breaking Sachin’s record.
- It took 11 innings by Kohli to reach 1000 ODI runs in 2018 – the fewest innings taken by any player to reach the 1000-run mark in a calendar year. He broke the previous record held by Hashim Amla and himself, both 15 innings each, in 2010 and 2012 respectively. His scores this year read: 112, 46*, 160*, 75, 36, 129*, 75, 45, 71, 140 & 157*.
- This is the 6th instance of Kohli scoring 1000-plus runs in a calendar year in ODIs – the joint second most for a player alongside Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara. Only Tendulkar has done it more often in ODIs – seven times.
- This was the fourth instance of Kohli going past 150 in an innings in ODIs. Only Rohit Sharma (six), Tendulkar (five) and David Warner (five) have more such scores in ODIs while Sanath Jayasuriya, Chris Gayle and Amla also have four each. Kohli is the second player to score 150-plus twice while leading the side, after Andrew Strauss.
- 3 Hundreds for Kohli at Vizag’s ACA-VDCA stadium in just five innings. His five ODI innings at the venue: 118, 117, 99, 65 & 157*. Only in one other venue has he scored more ODI centuries – four in Mirpur (13 innings) – while he has scored three in Colombo RPS as well (eight innings). He became the first Indian to hit five successive 50-plus scores at a single venue in ODIs.
- 78 – Innings taken by Kohli to reach 4000 runs in home ODIs – the fastest by any player. AB de Villiers reached the mark in South Africa in 91 innings, which was the previous fastest while playing for South Africa and the composite African XI. Tendulkar and Dhoni are the two players to score 4000-plus in India, reaching there in 92 and 100 innings respectively.