Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 20,000 international runs

NEW DELHI : Virat Kohli already owns a plethora of batting records. Records, which he has collected almost at will over his decade long career so far. On Thursday, the Indian captain added another one to his name while playing in a World Cup match against the West Indies. Kohli now owns the record of becoming the fastest to get to 20,000 international runs, across all formats.

Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara to get to the landmark in his 417th international innings when he reached 37. Both Tendulkar and Lara had taken 453 innings to complete 20,000 international runs.

The 30-year-old Kohli became the third Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar (34,357 runs) and Rahul Dravid (24,208 runs) to get to 20,000 international runs. Overall Virat is just the 12th batsman to achieve the feat.

Sachin leads the runs charts in ODIs and Tests with 18426 and 15921 runs respectively. He had scored 10 runs in the only T20 international he played, which was against South Africa. Dravid had amassed 10889 and 13288 runs in ODIs and Tests. He also played one T20I in which he made 31.

Kohli, who also became the fastest batsman to score 11,000 ODI runs recently, during his knock against Pakistan at Old Trafford on June 16, has scored 6613 runs in Tests and 2263 runs in T20Is so far.

Kohli scored his fourth successive half-century that made him only the third captain in the history of the World Cup to register four consecutive 50-plus scores. Kohli made 72 off 82 ball that included eight fours.

The other skippers to attain the feat are Graeme Smith (in 2007) and Aaron Finch (2019).