Virat Kohli Breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s Record, Fastest To Score 10,000 ODI Runs.
In last few months Virat Kohli has made a habit of breaking records and reaching various peaks with his superlative batting performances. He is producing one great inning after another with a great display of skill and confidence. Wednesday was also a regular day in Virat Kohli’s life. He scored his 37th One Day International century; his third consecutive centuries against Windies and broke all sorts of record.
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This is his 6th ODI century against this particular opposition; the highest ever by any batsman in the history of the game, a record he also carries against Sri Lanka with 8 centuries against them. He also surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and became the Indian with highest aggregate runs against Windies just behind Javed Miandad and Mark Waugh.
Reference of Tendulkar has to come again as on the way to his century Virat completed the small margin of 10,000 ODI runs when he reached 81 with a push to long on. He broke Tendulkar’s record to achieve the milestone with the least number of innings (205) and fastest with respect to career days. Virat has played 3270 days of international cricket to reach the 10,000 mark whereas Tendulkar played 4121 days. Virat’s average of 59.62 also placed him in the summit with respect to batting averages while reaching the 10K mark, passing MS Dhoni who averaged 51.30 while reaching his 10,000 ODI runs early this year.
There are also other mind-boggling stats about Virat like reaching 1000 ODI runs this year in 11 innings with an average close to 150 with scores of 112, 46*, 160*, 75, 36, 129*, 75, 45, 71, 140 & 157*. This is his 5th ODI innings in Vizag’s ACA-VDCA stadium where he has scored three hundreds, one 99 and 65.
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But keeping all the records aside from the kind of batsmanship which was on display on Sunday and Wednesday shows how the legend of Virat Kohli is spreading in the Cricket world. On Sunday, it was a tricky chase of 322 runs in Guwahati, Virat came to bat in the second over and unlike his regular flowing innings, counterattacked the Windies bowler to ensure that the asking rate never gets out of reach. He completed his century in 88 balls with 16 Boundaries and when got out after a brilliant 140 India’s asking rate was below 4.
On Wednesday, it was a different case. This time India was setting up a target instead of chasing. Virat again came to the middle early after the fall of last match centurion Rohit Sharma and was much more sedate. He crafted his innings with one’s and two’s with occasional boundaries. This time he reached his century with only 10 fours however still his Strike rate was above 90. Post reaching the hundred he changed gears and scored his last 55 runs in just 23 balls. He treated both Kemar Roach and Obed McCoy, one senior bowler and the other a debutant, with similar disdain and ensured India passed 300 comfortably.
The way he was able to play two different kinds of innings in a gap of three days and how he changed his batting mode during the game showed his ability to read the game situation perfectly. He takes his game seriously and never let his guard down in international cricket despite the bucketful of runs he is producing match after match, year after year.
Virat Kohli is arguably the best ODI bat India has ever produced. Now, what makes Virat the best in the lot? The ability to attain the goals effortlessly with absolute calm is what makes Virat Kohli special. The credit also goes to his confidence and supreme fitness. He never gets tired in any condition and can carry on till the end unlike batsmen from the previous era. If he begins something, he makes sure that he stays till the last ball more often than not. Others give tension whereas Virat soaks it all. In fact, Virat Kohli performs better in pressure. While chasing his batting average is 68.54 whereas as captain he has scored at an average of 88. He hasn’t probably faced the best of bowlers from cricket history but he has tackled all the obstacles with ease. The sense of confidence Virat evokes is immense for the cricket fans.
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It is important for him to carry the form until the upcoming world cup in 2019. India has a top-heavy batting order with relatively newer players in the middle order and MS Dhoni not in the best of forms in recent times. So Virat Kohli is the name Indian cricket team depends on mostly. This is similar to the earlier 90’s when the entire team used to depend on Sachin Tendulkar. It really took days to overcome the situation as India produced more efficient and dependant bats. Today we do have significant but less confident bats. This needs to be sorted immediately with World Cup happening in less than a year because if Virat fails, the chance of team’s failure becomes higher statistically.