Gautam Gambhir Praises Virat Kohli For Scoring 20000 Int'l Runs In A Decade

Gautam Gambhir Praises Virat Kohli For Scoring 20000 Int’l Runs In A Decade

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Image Credit; Twitter.

Gautam Gambhir praised Virat Kohli for becoming the fastest player to surpass the 12,000 ODI-run marks in cricket. Virat Kohli achieved the feat during the 3rd and final ODI against Australia in Canberra on Wednesday when he smashed 63 runs off 78 balls with 5 boundaries before being dismissed by Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood.

Virat Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s 17-year-old record as he reached the 12,000-run mark in just 241 innings. It had taken Sachin Tendulkar 300 innings to register 12,000 ODI runs.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Gautam Gambhir: Hats Off To Virat Kohli For Scoring More Than 20,000 Runs In Last Decade

Gautam Gambhir said that Virat Kohli’s performance across the performance had been inspired by the satisfaction he receives for doing something for his country.

“You can take anything, you can actually do whatever you want, but the best feeling in the world is when you score that last run and come back to your hotel room and you’re so satisfied that you’ve done something for your country, what you were meant to do,” Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports Cricket Connected chat show.

Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter.

“So probably, all those combinations have made him what he is, and hats off to him, he’s scored more than 20,000 runs, centuries all that,” he further said.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli-led India lost the three-match ODI series 2-1. The visitors will hope to put their best foot forward in the T20I series, which kicks off on Friday, 4th December. Gautam Gambhir credited Virat Kohli who became the first player to have scored over 20,000 international runs in a single decade. Gautam Gambhir was full of praise for Virat Kohli who has smashed 22,074 runs in international cricket since making his debut in 2008.

Virat Kohli Becomes Sixth Cricketer In 12,000 ODI Run List

Sachin Tendulkar (18,426 runs) surpassed the landmark of 12,000 runs in his 300th innings. Overall, Virat Kohli is the sixth player in the 12,000-plus run list that also features Ricky Ponting (13,704), Kumar Sangakkara (14,234), Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430) and Mahela Jayawardene (12,650).

Virat Kohli had started slowly in ODI format, since his debut in 2008. He knocked off his first 1,000 runs in 24 innings, before steadily rising the batting charts. It’s only after Virat Kohli crossed 7,000 runs (161 innings) that he began to score runs at will. It took him only 81 innings to score the next 5000+ runs from 7,000 to 12000, which is another record in ODI.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar- PTI

Virat Kohli (175) pipped South African Hashim Amla (176) by one innings to become the fastest to reach 8,000 runs. He was also the fastest to reach 9,000 runs, 10,000 and 11,000 runs. However, Virat Kohli finished this year 2020 without an ODI century, which is the first time he has not crossed the triple-figure mark since 2008, his debut year.

In 463 ODIs, Sachin Tendulkar has notched up 18,426 runs at an average of 44.93, with 49 centuries. Correspondingly, Virat Kohli has raced past 12,000 runs in 242 innings at an average of a shade under 60, with 43 tons besides his name. If he goes at the current rate, he would need probably another 110 innings to overtake the master blaster.

His batsmanship is still fundamentally orthodox, and he runs hard between the wickets. He rarely resorts to the pyrotechnics like playing the scoops, ramps and switch hits, which have been the features of most of his contemporaries. His classical approach gives no such reason why Virat Kohli would not have been equally effective in the Sachin Tendulkar era.

If he scored a century, Virat Kohli would have equalled another Sachin Tendulkar‘s record of registering nine ODI centuries against Australia. A century in Canberra would also have put him at par with Ricky Ponting’s record of 71 international tons, who is currently placed second behind Sachin Tendulkar’s 100 centuries.

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