Virat Kohli Becomes 5th Highest ODI Run Scorer As A Skipper After Surpassing Graeme Smith
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Virat Kohli Becomes 5th Highest ODI Run Scorer As A Skipper After Surpassing Graeme Smith

Virat Kohli, Graeme Smith - File Photo , Reuters & AFP
Virat Kohli, Graeme Smith - File Photo , Reuters & AFP

Virat Kohli surpassed former South Africa opener and ex-skipper Graeme Smith in the list of most ODI runs by a captain during the ongoing 2nd ODI against England in Pune.

India captain Virat Kohli on Friday added another feather to his already-illustrious cap as he surpassed former Protea skipper Graeme Smith to become the fifth-highest run-scorer as a captain in the 50-overs format during the ongoing second ODI against England in Pune.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

Virat Kohli Overtook Graeme Smith With Most Runs As Captain In ODIs

The Indian captain overtook the former opener, Graeme Smith, on the list of batsmen with the most runs as captain in ODI cricket when he went past the former South Africa skipper’s tally of 5,416 runs. The Indian skipper was playing his 94th ODI match as captain of India while Graeme Smith had got to the tally in 150 matches. The Indian skipper reached the milestone in the 24th over of the second ODI at Pune.

Graeme Smith Getty Images
Graeme Smith Getty Images

Before the 2nd ODI, Virat Kohli was only 41 runs away from going past former South Africa opener Graeme Smith in the list of most ODI runs by a captain. The No.1 in the list of most ODI runs as captain is former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, who has amassed 8497 runs in his 234 ODIs as captain. The Australia legend is followed by former India captain MS Dhoni who is at No.2 with 6641 runs in 200 ODIs as a skipper.

Virat Kohli Also Became 4th Batsman To Complete 5000 ODI Runs At Home

However, Virat Kohli has the best average and strike rate combination in that elite list. Virat Kohli is the only one in the elite list to average more than 70 in ODI cricket as captain. His strike of 98.55 is also better than most batsmen.

KL Rahul hit his 5th ODI hundred, first vs England in Pune (AP Photo)
KL Rahul hit his 5th ODI hundred, first vs England in Pune (AP Photo)

Virat Kohli, who was dismissed for 56 in the previous ODI, can also become only the 4th batsman to complete 5,000 ODI runs at home after Sachin Tendulkar (6976), Ricky Ponting (5406), and Jacques Kallis (5178).

India put into bat by Jos Buttler-led England scored 336/6 in 50 overs with KL Rahul top-scoring with 108. Virat Kohli scored 66 and Rishabh Pant played a whirlwind inning of 77 off only 40 balls.

This was also the first time since February 2020 KL Rahul has got an international hundred. It was the first time KL Rahul has scored a hundred while batting at No. 4 in ODIs. KL Rahul, who also has a hundred at No. 5, has been proving to be a top player for India in the middle-order despite not naturally suited to playing in the middle overs.