After scoring 133 runs in the three-match ODI series against Australia, Virat Kohli completed 12,000 ODI runs. He achieved the unique feat in 242 innings and overtook Sachin Tendulkar’s record, who scored as many ODI runs in 300 innings, to become the fastest cricketer to enter the elite list.
During the Star Sports show Cricket Connected, former great cricketers Matthew Hayden, Sunil Gavaskar and VVS Laxman have lauded Virat Kohli’s prowess for reaching the mammoth milestone.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar was in awe of Kohli for accomplishing the 12,000-run mark considering the big difference in the number of innings the two Indian batting greats took to reach the milestone.
“This is huge, this is absolutely huge. As you just said, the gap was 58 innings. It just tells you the consistency of Virat Kohli,” Sunil Gavaskar said.
“And when you have a look at the record, he has played 251 matches, in which he has got 60 half-centuries and 43 hundred. That means 103 times in his 251 matches for India, he has gone past the fifty mark.”
Gavaskar reckons that Kohli’s fabulous conversion rates make him a century-maker and thus, sets him apart from his peers.
“That is the reason he has been able to get to this figure quicker than anybody else because he has got this fabulous conversion rate where once he gets to a fifty, he gets to a hundred, ” Sunil Gavaskar said.
Virat Kohli’s fitness is the key element for his success: Matthew Hayden
Talking about how long he saw Virat Kohli playing with the current intensity, Matthew Hayden opined that the Team India captain would have an extended career because of the remarkable fitness and also reckons that his fitness is also the key reason for his success.
“I think he will go on as long as he is sucking air into his lungs and has a heartbeat. One of the features I think of Virat has been his remarkable fitness levels. So for me, I think that is a really key element,” Matthew Hayden said.
As Kohli has already added many batting records in his name, VVS Laxman feels that the flamboyant batsman will now strive to win the 2023 World Cup trophy. He opines that adding the World Cup trophy as a captain will always be the most cherishable and notable achievement for Kohli.
“I feel his first aim will be the 2023 World Cup because he has the chance to win that as a captain. When we talk about Sachin Tendulkar, we talk about the 100 centuries but if you ask Sachin what has been the memorable moment in his career, he will say the 2011 World Cup that he won at Wankhede,” VVS Laxman said.
Currently, Virat Kohli is in Australia and is rearing to lead the team Test series, albeit he will only feature in the first Test in Adelaide.