Indian skipper Virat Kohli appears to have an amazing knack for breaking records and owning them. Kohli, who is the fastest batsman to accumulate 11,000 runs in One Day Internationals, which was up until then held by Sachin Tendulkar, is all set to break another record held by Sachin and Brian Lara.
The incredible Sachin Tendulkar and Windies legend Brian Lara scored 20,000 runs in International Cricket in as many as 453 innings, which is till date the quickest by any batsman. Virat Kohli, who made his first international appearance in 2008 under MS Dhoni, has 19,963 runs added to his repertoire in only 416 innings overall international outings.
Kohli, who brags of an amazing average of more than 50 in all formats of the game, needs to score just 37 runs within the next 36 innings to turn into the quickest batsman to accomplish this accomplishment.
In their 6th match of the competition, the ‘Men in Blue’ will play against West Indies on 27 June, Thursday at Old Trafford, Manchester. Kohli is in great form with three successive fifties in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. However, the Indian skipper has failed to covert each of these scores into a hundred.
Virat Kohli smashed three back to back hundreds when India confronted the same opposition (West Indies) in a bilateral ODI series. Will Kohli score 37 runs and complete his 20,000 International runs against a pace-dominated West Indian bowling unit driven by Sheldon Cottrell? We will have to wait and see.
Rohit and Kohli, who have done the bulk of the scoring for India in this World Cup up until now, will be key for India as Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the competition owing to an injury.
From the West Indian perspective, a win against India will do a world of good to their confidence levels.
India meet West Indies on 27 June, Thursday at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.