Virat Kohli is rising from strength to strength in international cricket. He is breaking records after records in batting and is also showing clear glimpses of becoming a great future captain. In the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli lead from the front. He was great in his field tactics as captain and was equally good in his batting also. In the last ODI, his unbeaten innings of 139 helped India humiliate Sri Lanka 5-0. He demoted himself to number 4 in the series in order to Ambati Rayudu a full go before the World Cup 2015, but still created two records:
- Became the quickest batsman to reach 6000 run in ODIs.
- Became the 5th highest century getter in ODIs.
Great that is!
1. Virat Kohli has registered 13 centuries in India’s successful run-chases in 138 innings as compared to Sachin Tendulkar’s 14 centuries in 452 innings. This might well be the first record that Virat Kohli might break very soon.
2. Kohli is now ranked 5th in the list of the highest number of century getters in ODIs. He is behind Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30), Sanath Jayasuriya (28) and Sourav Ganguly (22). It might take him a long time to reach him to the top of this record but if everything stays well, then he surely will.
3. Virat Kohli has equalled Sourav Ganguly’s record of scoring 1000 runs in four consecutive calendar years, the highest ever by an Indian. Ganguly did it in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 and Kohli in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. If everything remains fine, Kohli might get past this record next year, if he starts off well in the World Cup 2015.