Monday, 18 January 2016

Virat Kohli fastest to 24 ODI centuries, 7000 runs

Virat Kohli overtook AB de Villiers to become the fastest man to reach 7000 ODI runs.

Virat Kohli today became the fastest to register 24 hundreds and pile up 7,000 runs in one-day cricket, surpassing the twin milestones in just his 161st innings.
The top-order batsman got the better of the Australian bowling attack at the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground with a run-a-ball knock that was studded with seven fours and two sixes.
Kohli, who has been in top form recently, had scores of 91 and 59 in the first two ODIs. Coming into this match, he needed only 19 to overtake AB de Villiers, who reached the landmark in 172 matches and 166 innings.
The South African captain needed nearly a decade to get there while Kohli did it in less than eight years. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly held the record for a short time but he needed 180 ODIs and 174 innings to reach 7000 runs.
Next on the list are Brian Lara (183 innings), Desmond Haynes (183), Jacques Kallis (188) and Sachin Tendulkar (189). Kohli is regarded as one of the most dangerous batsmen in modern-day cricket. With 23 hundreds and 36 fifties, he is a league above the rest.
The 27-year-old, who was named India's Test captain after Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from the longest format, led his side to historic series wins over Sri Lanka and South Africa.

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