Virat Kohli scores 8,000 runs at No. 3 for India: The Indian captain has achieved milestones at will this year.
Continuing on the trend of setting inhuman benchmarks for himself and achieving fresh milestones day in and day out, Indian captain Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman ever to score 8,000 ODI runs at No. 3 for India. Across batting positions, he has become the fastest batsman (154 innings) to do so.
Having become the fastest batsmen ever to complete 10,000 ODI runs in the second ODI at Visakhapatnam to go with smashing numerous records yesterday at Pune, Kohli’s fiendish form has put his name in another esteemed list of players. In 154 innings at No. 3, Kohli has scored 8,090 runs at an average of 63.70 and a strike rate of 94.08.
Sachin Tendulkar, whose godly records seem to be achievable for Kohli now, was earlier the quickest batsman (179 innings) to score 8,000 runs in ODIs. However, he had done it as opening the batting. Sourav Ganguly, who along with Tendulkar has scored the most runs as an opening pair in ODIs, had completed 8,000 runs as as opener in 208 innings.
Talking of the No. 3 position, former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara was earlier the fastest batsman to score 8,000 runs at No. 3, doing it in 202 innings. In 238 innings at No. 3, Sangakkara has scored 9,747 runs at an average of 44.71 and a strike rate of 80.50.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting holds the record of scoring most runs at No. 3 in ODIs. In 330 innings at No. 3, Ponting has scored 12,662 runs at an average of 42.48 and a strike rate of 80.73. Whether Kohli, who predominantly bats at No. 3, will surpass Ponting, only time will tell.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Kohli below:
🙌 There’s no stopping Virat Kohli! 🙌
The India captain becomes the 10th man to score three centuries on the bounce in ODIs. 👏
— ICC (@ICC) October 28, 2018
@imVkohli has been in ton-ton-a-ton form this series. What’s coming uo tomorrow I wonder
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 28, 2018
The trajectory of Virat Kohli’s career ODI runs in this graphic (built by @usmaanalii) illustrate how fast he is scoring relative to other 10,000 run players. If he scores at his current rate he will pass Sachin Tendulkar’s runs in 79 fewer innings than it took Tendulkar. #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/HsrPi0K51g
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) October 28, 2018
The only batsman to average over 50 in Tests, ODIs & T20 cricket at the same time.
Number one in the Test and ODI rankings.
He has hit a century against every nation he’s faced.
18,616 runs for his country, including 62 hundreds and 85 fifties.
Virat Kohli. pic.twitter.com/FdrsYZN6aQ
— bet365 (@bet365) October 28, 2018