Kohli scores the fastest ODI 10,000, breaks Tendulkar’s record by 54 innings

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday became the fastest cricketer to touch the 10,000 run mark in the one-day international format, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record by 54 innings.
The 29 year old achieved the feat during the second ODI of the ongoing five-match series against West Indies in Vishakhapatnam.

Tendulkar reached the 10,000 mark in 259 innings but Kohli achieved it in 205 innings. The right-handed batsman became the fifth Indian to touch the mark after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni.

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With 14 tons as the Indian skipper, Virat is second only to Ricky Ponting with most centuries as a skipper in ODI cricket.

Virat, who needed just 81 runs to make it to the 10,000-run mark, tipped Ashley Nurse’s half-volley delivery over to long-on and completed a single. He raised his arms to the sky, looked at former skipper Dhoni and grinned. Kohli also became the third Indian batsman to complete 4,000 runs on Indian soil.

He surpassed Tendulkar yet again by becoming the batsman to take the least number of innings to complete the milestone. It took Kohli just 78 innings at home, while Tendulkar had taken 92 innings to complete the 4,000-run mark.

Apart from Kohli and Tendulkar, Dhoni is the only other Indian to have scored more than 4,000 runs on home soil. He had done it in 99 innings.

Before this match, Kohli had an impressive average of 58.69 maintaining a bradmanesque strike rate of 92.51. In the ongoing clash against Windies, Kohli slammed his 37th ODI century to take India’s total to 305 at the loss of five wickets in 48 overs.

(with inputs from ANI)

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