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Virat Kohli joins Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara on elite list

The ongoing five-match ODI series between India and West Indies is tied at 1-1.

SNS | New Delhi |

It seems Indian skipper Virat Kohli has made it a habit of breaking records everytime he walks in to bat, and Saturday’s game against West Indies was no different. Virat Kohli, on Saturday, became only the third batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score 8,000 runs while batting at number three position.

Australia great Ricky Ponting (12,662) and former Sri Lanka player Kumar Sangakkara (9,747) are the only players to score 8,000 runs in the limited overs games while batting at number three. Veteran South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis is fourth in the list with 7,774 runs under his belt.

Virat Kohli reached the milestone during the third One Day International match between India and West Indies of the five-match ODI series played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.

Earlier in the series, during the second ODI in Visakhapatnam, Virat Kohli reached the mark of 10,000-runs in the One Dayers. Virat Kohli (205 innings) had also dethroned former Indian great Sachin Tendulkar (249 innings) as the fastest batsman to score 10,000 runs.

The Delhi batsman, who was playing his 213th ODI match and second of the series, scored 157 off 129 deliveries and in the process registered his 37th ODI century. Speaking about his milestone, Virat Kohli said, “I never thought I could achieve this feat or I would get to this stage. I always thought that I wanted to play for India. I never thought that this day would arrive. It just tells me that if you stay focused on the process and stay focused on the right things then these things become irrelevant after a while.”

The 29-year-old stylish batsman also scored 140 in India’s series-opening eight-wicket victory over the Windies.

The ongoing five-match ODI series between India and West Indies is tied at 1-1.