Virat Kohli becomes fastest captain to score 11,000 international runs
Indian captain Virat Kohli has become the fastest skipper in the history to record 11,000 international runs. He achieved the feat against Sri Lanka in the third and final T20I of the series at Pune on Friday.
Thus Kohli broke former Australia cricketer Ricky Ponting’s record in his 169th international match as the captain in terms of both matches and innings played.
He is the sixth captain to achieve the feat after Ponting, Graeme Smith (South Africa), Stephen Fleming (New Zealand), MS Dhoni and Allan Border (Australia).
To add that feather in his illustrious career, the Indian skipper needed just a single run before starting the game which he accomplished in the thirteenth over of India’s innings.
Kohli was also the fastest batsman to reach 11,000 runs in ODI cricket that he touched during World Cup 2019 match against arch rival Pakistan in Manchester.
In 84 Test matches that he played, the 31-year-old has so far amassed 7202 runs and in 242 one day international matches, the present Indian skipper flourished with 11609 runs.
Followed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli is the second Indian captain to score 11 thousand international runs.
He also owns most number of centuries in the club with 41 hundreds so far. He is also the sole cricketer to average above 50 in all three formats of the game.
Captains to reach fastest 11000 international runs
Virat Kohli – 196 innings
Ricky Ponting – 252 innings
Graeme Smith – 264 innings
Allan Border – 316 innings
MS Dhoni – 324 innings
Stephen Fleming – 333 innings
India lead the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka 1-0 after their comprehensive seven-wicket win in Indore on Tuesday. The first T20I in Guwahati was washed out with intense rain without a ball being bowled.
“We wanted to hit first because we wanted to do something different today,” said Kohli.
“The trend is that the team is in second place. You cannot get into the match and think that you can only do it well when you are hunting. We also want to accept difficult things. “
India will next take Australia in a three-match ODI series at home. The first match will be played on January 14 at the Wankhede Stadium.