Virat Kohli dethrones AB de Villiers to become no.1 ranked batsman in one-day cricket
AB de Villiers smashed a career-best 176 runs against Bangladesh to climb to no.1 in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen. He toppled Australia’s David Warner and India’s Virat Kohli to reach the top sport. Kohli also produced his best with the bat to smash two centuries in the three-match odi series against New Zealand to reclaim the top position.
Indian captain Virat Kohli produced a spectacular 113 runs for the side against New Zealand to help them clinch the series. Virat Kohli is now at 889 points which is highest for any Indian batsmen in one-day rankings. Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar accumulated 887 points in the year 1998 in which he smashed record nine centuries in the calendar year.
Kohli add another record to his name by becoming the quickest player to reach 9,000 runs in limited overs format. He required 83 runs to complete the milestone before the start the third game at Kanpur against New Zealand. He was able to reach the landmark in 194 innings which is better than South Africa’s AB de Villiers who completed 9,000 runs in 205 innings. Kohli became the quickest to score 9,000 runs for India breaking Sourav Ganguly record of doing it in 226 innings. He became the fifth Indian batsmen to reach the milestone and joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni.
Kohli has already surpassed his previous best of scoring most runs in the calendar year. He scored 1,318 runs from 34 games for the year 2011. He has accumulated 1,460 runs from 26 games with 6 centuries to his name till now. Kohli also become the second Indian batsman to score more than 2,000 runs across all three formats in 2017 with Sachin Tendulkar being the first player to do so for India.