The way Virat Kohli is shattering records with his bat; it seems as if there is no batting record that the Indian skipper cannot reach.
During his majestic 75-run innings in the fourth One-day International (ODI) match or the ‘Pink ODI’ in Johannesburg, Kohli added another achievement to his never-ending list. Virat took his tally to 9,423 runs and by doing so became the fifth highest run-getter from the Indian side. Virat achieved this feat by surpassing the record of former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin (9378).
The list of highest ODI run-scorers consists the likes of cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar who is also the highest run-scorer across the globe with 18,426 runs, followed by ‘the Prince of Kolkata’ Sourav Ganguly (11,362) and ‘the wall’ Rahul Dravid (10,889). Fourth on the list is the former ‘Captain Cool of Indian cricket Mahendra Singh Dhoni with 9,954 runs.
Virat has achieved this feat just in 198 innings. In the on-going six-match series, Virat has been in superlative form. He has scored two centuries and one fifty took take his tally to 393 runs in the series.
Meanwhile, in the third ODI with his ‘record’ 34th ODI tons, Kohli had taken the tally of his number of the international centuries to 55 (ODI-34, Test- 21). Now he only ranks behind Tendulkar (100), Ricky Ponting (71), Kumara Sangakkara (63) and Jacques Kallis (62).
Meanwhile, the Proteas bounced back in the fourth ODI as they thrashed high India by five wickets.
However, the visitors are leading the series 3-1.
In the rain-curtailed ‘Pink ODI’, Indian skipper decided to bat first after winning the toss and India scored 289 runs for seven wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
From the Indian side, opener Shikhar Dhawan scored his 13th ODI ton and shared 158-run partnership with Kohli. Dhawan (109 runs) and Virat Kohli (75 runs) were top scorers in the match.