New Delhi: There is no batting record in cricket that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli cannot reach. In the fourth ODI against South Africa at Johannesburg, during his innings of 75, Kohli added another feather to his cap by becoming the fifth-highest run-getter for India in ODIs. He now has 9,423 runs in his kitty from just 198 innings.
He surpassed former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 9,378 runs that he acquired in 308 innings. At top of the list is Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar with a whopping 18,426 runs, followed by Sourav Ganguly (11,221) and Rahul Dravid (10,768). Fourth on the list is MS Dhoni with 9,954 runs.
In the current series, Kohli has been in great form and has notched two centuries to go with a fifty. In the four innings in the series so far, Virat has amassed 393 runs.
In the fourth match also, Kohli got 75 runs, but got out in order to accelerate the Indian innings. After Rohit Sharma was sent back to the pavilion for just five runs, he strung a crucial 158-run partnership with centurion Shikhar Dhawan (109).
It is not the first record that Kohli has shattered in the series. During the third ODI at Cape Town, Kohli brought up 34th ODI ton, and 12th as skipper. The Delhi dasher became an Indian captain with most ODI hundreds to his name. He overtook Ganguly’s record of 11 centuries in 142 innings. Kohli achieved the feat in 43 innings only.
Also this was his 55th international century. In hundreds scored across all the formats, he only ranks behind Tendulkar (100), Ponting (71), Sangakkara (63) & Kallis (62).