AUS vs IND 2016: Virat Kohli becomes the fastest batsman to score 7000 ODI runs

Sudipta / 17 January 2016

Indian batting sensation Virat Kohli has become the fastest batsman to score 7000 runs as he took fewest innings than other batsmen to reach the milestone. Kohli achieved this record in the third ODI of the five-match Victoria Beer series at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

He steered an outside leg stump delivery for four through the fine leg boundary. The Delhi dasher made his debut in 2008 and after a couple of experiments he cemented his place in the playing XI.

Today he completed the 7000 runs as he surpassed the record of AB de Villiers and four other legendary cricketers’- Sourav Ganguly, Brian Lara, Desmond Hynes and Jacques Kallis.

Kohli has achieved the record in 161 innings while AB de Villiers took 166. Amongst the batsmen who emerged in the international in this new millennium Kohli has the highest number of centuries 23, and he bats with a 50 plus average.


Virat Kohli has been in outstanding form in this series, he scored 91 in the first innings and 59 in the second. In terms of time Virat Kohli also beat AB de Villiers. For De Villiers to reach 7000 runs took one decade while Virat Kohli took only eight years.  Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly also held the record for quite some time, but he took 180 ODIs and 172 innings to reach the milestone.

Other batsmen on the list are Brian Lara (183) Desmond Haynes (183) Jacques Kallis(188) and Sachin Tendulkar (189).

Amongst the current generations young batsmen, Virat Kohli is the most dangerous batsman. Kohli, 27, now is the captain of Indian Test team since Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from the format in early 2015. He has won the Test series in Sri Lanka and defeated South Africa at home 3-0 in four match series.


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