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Virat Kohli – the fastest ever to score 20,000 international runs

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has become the fastest to reach 20,000 international runs.

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Virat Kohli claims his 43rd ODI ton. Photo: AFP

The run-machine for Indian cricket has back on track. During the third and final One-Day international against West Indies at Port of Spain, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has become the fastest to reach 20,000 international runs.

The flamboyant batsman knocked down his 43rd limited over ton and surpassed former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting to score most runs in a decade.

On the way to his 99-ball 114, Kohli achieved the milestone. From the year 2000 onwards, the present Indian captain accumulated 200,18 runs which eclipsed the previous best of 18,962 runs by Ponting.

Former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis is third in the list with 16,777 runs, followed by Mahela Jayawardene (16,304 runs), Kumar Sangakkara (15,999 runs), Sachin Tendulkar (15,962 runs), Rahul Dravid (15,853 runs), and Hashim Amla (15,185 runs).

On Wednesday in Trinidad, Virat Kohli hit his second consecutive century in the three match series.

India clinched the series 2-0 by successfully chasing down the revised target of 255 (DLS method) in the rain-affected third ODI.

The 30-year old also accomplished a century in the second ODI of the series by scoring 120 runs and with that he surpassed Sourav Ganguly to become the second-highest run-scorer for India in the ODI format.

He also became the highest run-scorer against West Indies in the ODI format.

The list of records is yet to be completed for Virat Kohli. His 43rd ODI hundred was the 9th ton against West Indies which equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of scoring most number of centuries against a single opponent.

The batting maestro hammered nine hundreds centuries against Australia. Kohli achieved the feat in 35 innings where was Tendulkar took 70 innings to score 9 centuries.

Kohli made his ODI debut for India in 2008 and stepped into Test and T20Is in 2010.

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