Virat Kohli completes 18,000 runs: Indian captain Virat Kohli has achieved yet another feat by completing 18,000 runs in international cricket.
Just as days pass, records keep on coming for Virat Kohli. The Indian captain has made a knack of breaking one feat or the other in almost every series that he plays now. Given the speed with which the 29-year old is going, he looks set to outdo some of the all-time greats of the game.
Currently playing the fifth Test of the Pataudi Trophy against England, Kohli has achieved several feats on this tour as well.
The latest one at that being him completing 18,000 runs in international cricket across formats. Kohli has become the 15th batsman to enter the 18,000-run mark. However, what has brought him above the others is the fact that he has been the quickest to reach there.
Having made his international debut in 2008, Kohli has taken the minimum number of innings (382) in achieving the feat. In this aspect, he has surpassed former West Indian captain Brian Lara, who had completed the feat in 411 innings. Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar had taken 412 innings to reach the landmark.
Given the difference with which Kohli has surpassed these legends of the game speak a lot about him as a batsman.
Among the Indians players who feature in this list are Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.
Talking about Kohli, he had last year finished on the top of the list of highest run-scorer across formats. In 46 matches, he had scored 2,828 runs at an average of 68.73 and a strike rate of 92.15. Overall, he was third in this list as former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara holds the feat of scoring most runs (2,868) in a calendar year.
The fact that India still have to play a lot of cricket this year might aid him in closing in on those numbers yet again.