Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Virat Kohli becomes fastest batsman to reach 10,000 ODI runs

Virat Kohli becomes fastest batsman to reach 10,000 ODI runs

Virat Kohli has added another milestone to his record-setting ODI career, becoming the fastest batsman in the game's history to reach 10,000 runs. With Kohli smashing Tendulkar's record of fastest to 10,000 ODI runs in terms of innings, it is a good time to compare Kohli's current stats with Tendulkar's, at the time the latter reached the landmark. He bettered his own record of 1000 runs in a year in 15 matches set in 2012 and Hashim amla's record in same number of matches in 2010.

Kohli began his 213th ODI needing 81 runs for 10,000, having struck 140 in Sunday's clash in Guwahati, and moved to the milestone with a single off Ashley Nurse before reaching three figures from 106 balls by thrashing Marlon Samuels to the cover fence.

"I am at a loss of words to describe Virat Kohli's performance".

Virat Kohli joins Indian greats Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and M.S. Dhoni in scoring over ten thousand runs in the fifty over format. However, his average reads a mind-boggling 144.71 which is the best by any batsman with minimum 1000 runs in a year in ODIs. He was not done yet and he kept piling on the runs and notched up his 37th ODI century. Kohli remained not out on 157.

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"I sometimes feel he is not human because the way he performs, my goodness, the moment he comes out to bat, it looks like he is going to score a hundred every game", the Bangladesh cricketer said.

Virat Kohli's non-stop heroics have bowled over the entire cricketing world.

With his unbeatable performances, Kohli has won several accolades including the Arjuna award, ICC World Cricketer of the year and multiple BCCI worldwide Cricketer of the Year awards. It's only to do with the understanding that in South Africa and England we had tough series, so I wanted to take more responsibility and lead from the front if possible and think of the team all the time.

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