The fastest cricketer to to reach 5000 runs in ODI cricket, number one batsman in the latest ICC player rankings for ODI batsmen, the record of scoring the fastest century by any Indian in ODI cricket, captaining the U-19 World Cup winning team of India in 2008, the fastest to 17 hundreds in ODI and also 19 hundreds by any batsman in ODI cricket, the fourth batsman in ODIs after Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to score 1000 or more ODI runs in three or more consecutive calendar years, the record for most centuries in chases, with 11 centuries, behind only Sachin Tendulkar, the first batsman to make five successive scores of 50 or more in ODIs on two separate occasions.
And all of that is just a fraction of his achievements/records. There is no actual need to name him because all this can be just one and the only Virat Kohli. Popularly nicknamed by his teammates as ‘Cheeku’, this guy has surpassed expectations of everyone in the Cricket fraternity.
When he captained the Indian U-19 side, scoring a vital century against the mighty Australian side in a daunting chase during the semi-finals, it was clear that Indian cricket had found a gem they’d cherish for a long long time. But such hopes, such players shine and at times disappointingly fade off even before they reach the pinnacle of their potential. But this is certainly not the case with Virat Kohli.
At just 25 years of age, Virat Kohli already has 25 international centuries to his name, with almost 8000 international runs to his credit and also the distinction of captaining the national side on more than one occasion.
There have been times people have even showed the audacity to compare him to the great Sachin Tendulkar. Though it’s very harsh on Kohli to be compared with such a talisman with the two players playing in almost 3 different decades of timeline but Kohli’s records do put in a good argument in his favor.
Having won the 50-overs World Cup in his maiden World Cup appearance, followed by winning the ICC ODI player of the year award in 2012, Virat Kohli has achieved more in his 5-year career than many do in their entire span.
His biggest achievements though would still be equaling Sir Vivian Richards record to reach 5000 ODI runs and winning the Arjuna Award for his contributions towards Indian Cricket. The great Pakistani player Zaheer Abbas recently said “Virat Kohli is one batsman who will break all the records in international cricket”. Though that line holds a ton of responsibilities and expectations on the young shoulders of Virat Kohli but if there’s one batsman who can live up to them in this world then it’s Virat Kohli himself.