Team India’s captain Virat Kohli has achieved another milestone in his cricket career and even left behind Sachin Tendulkar. He has joined the ODI’s exclusive 12,000 run club after scoring 23 runs in the ongoing ODI against Australia in Canberra.
Ahead of the start of the three-match ODI series, Virat Kohli needed 131 runs to achieve the unique feat. But in the first ODI, he amassed only 21 runs off 21 balls followed by a great 89 runs knock in the second ODI. Thus, before the start of the last ODI, the flamboyant batsman needed 23 runs.
And, he reached the mark in the first ball of the 12th over when he took a single off pacer Sean Abbott. The flamboyant batsman got out after scoring 63 runs off 78 balls, striking five fours.
Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record:
Following his innings, Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s 17-year-old record of being the fastest player to register 12,000 ODI runs in his career. Tendulkar had reached the mark in his 300th innings (341st ODI) when he had smashed a boundary against Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi at Centurion in 2003.
Kohli completed the feat in his 241st innings (251st ODI). Overall, Kohli is the sixth player on the list, only after Australia’s Ricky Ponting, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya, and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene.
Meanwhile, India had opted to bat first but hasn’t had a good start in the ongoing Canberra ODI match. Shikhar Dhawan departed in the sixth over after scoring just 16 runs. Shubman Gill, who was looking in great touch, gave away his wicket to Ashton Agar.
Shreyas Iyer also gave a dolly to Marnus Labuschange off Adam Zampa’s ball. KL Rahul, who came after the departure of Iyer, had played an outstanding knock on the second ODI but had a soft dismissal to leave India struggling. Josh Hazlewood third time picked Virat Kohli’s wicket in this series.
With the fall of early wickets, Australia is likely to clean sweep India in the ODI series.