Team India skipper Virat Kohli has been consistent with the bat. While facing Pakistan in Manchester, the batting giant has eclipsed Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest to score 11000 One-day International runs. Now, Kohli is on the verge of surpassing legendary Tendulkar and Brian Lara – to become fastest to aggregate a total of 20,000 runs in international cricket. Kohli, who has made a habit of scoring big, is further optimistic about their performance at the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019.
In that particular contest, Kohli slammed 65-ball 77 which also saw India winning the game by 89 runs following a superlative batting performance, especially from Kohli’s deputy Rohit Sharma. The right-handed star batsman slammed 113-ball 140 to set a strong plinth for his team.
The batting sensation Kohli is just 104 runs away from the historic landmark. Thus, he will be third India to go past 20000 runs in the top-flight cricket. So far, Tendulkar has a record 34,357 runs under his belt. Rahul Dravid follows the batting stalwart with 24,208 runs.
Virat Kohli’s juggernaut continues for India:
Also, he will become overall 12th batsman to achieve this milestone. So far, Kohli has 11020 runs to his name in 230 ODIs. Until June 21, Kohli has further aggregated 6613 runs in 77 Tests and 2263 runs in 67 Twenty20 Internationals.
The 30-year-old Kohli will become the fastest-ever batsman to scale the summit.
Thus, if he does it against Afghanistan, he will eventually break Tendulkar, Lara’s record to become fastest in a bid to bag another world record.
The legendary duo took 453 innings each to accumulate 20,000 runs in international cricket.
On the other hand, Kohli has just featured in 415 innings across formats for the Team India since 2008.
Concurrently, his innings spread over 222 for ODIs, 131 for 77 Test matches and 62 innings in T20Is. Thus, he is 38 innings faster in terms of runs scored. He has 18996 runs to his name so far in the highest level of cricket.
On the other hand, Aussie World Cup-winning skipper Ricky Ponting has consumed 468 innings. Overall, he is third on the list.
With India taking on Afghanistan on June 22 in Southampton, Kohli will be eyeing a triple-figure mark which he is yet to score in the ongoing twelfth edition of the World Cup.