Kohli 133 runs away from breaking Sachin’s ODI record
Another 133 runs, and Kohli will reach the glorious milestone of scoring 12,000 runs in the 50-over format. But more importantly, he will become the fastest man to achieve the feat.
Kohli so far has played only 239 innings to score his 11,867 runs at a staggering average of 59.34. On the other hand, Tendulkar took 300 innings to reach the landmark of 12,000 runs.
So it is quite certain that when Kohli reaches the landmark, he will surpass the Master Blaster. But it is now to be seen when he finally completes the record.
The charismatic batsman will definitely be looking to break the shackles in the first opportunity he gets in the South Africa series as he has been going through a rare rough patch of form. But even if he can not do it, he will have two more ODIs in the series to do so.
The first ODI between India and South Africa will be held in Dharamsala on Thursday (March 12). It will be followed by the second ODI on Sunday in Lucknow, while the final ODI will be played on March 18 in Kolkata.
Ricky Ponting, former Australia captain, is at the moment second on the list of fastest batsmen to reach 12,000 ODI runs. He needed 314 innings to reach the feat, while former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara needed 336 innings.