Indian skipper Virat Kohli added another milestone to his name in limited-overs cricket. He joined the illustrious group of players who have completed 11,000 runs in one-day internationals.
Kohli managed to achieve the milestone during the World Cup game played against Pakistan. Kohli added a big partnership with opening batsman Rohit Sharma to see India amass 337 runs in their full quota of overs.
Before the start of the game against Pakistan, Kohli needed another 57 runs to complete 11,000 runs in limited-overs cricket. He smashed a boundary down to the fine leg boundary off the bowling of Hasan Ali to complete the landmark.
He also became the quickest player to reach the landmark and took 54 innings less than the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Master Blaster held the record and completed 11,000 runs in 276 innings during a one-day game played against England in 2002. Virat Kohli also hold the record for the being the quickest to reach 8,000 runs, 9000 runs and 10,000 runs in limited-overs cricket.
While playing his 230th game for India, Kohli completed the 11,000 runs in one-day internationals. Sachin Tendulkar completed the milestone in 284 matches. Former World Cup winning captain Ricky Ponting also took 286 games to complete 11,000 runs in limited-overs cricket.
Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly and South Africa’s greatest all-rounder Jacques Kallis are other great names in the list of batsmen who took less 300 innings in limited-overs cricket to complete 11,000 runs. The duo took 288 and 293 innings to complete the landmark.
Former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara also took 340 games to complete 11,000 runs in limited-over cricket. Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sri Lanka’s swashbuckling opener Sanath Jayasuriya and middle-order batsman Mahela Jayawardene are other notables names included in the list of batsmen who have completed 11,000 runs in limited-overs cricket.
Virat Kohli will be looking to produce impressive numbers with the bat for India in this World Cup. Many Cricket pundits believe he will break more records in this competition.