Happy Birthday Virat Kohli: A look at his 10 all-time records
Virat Kohli is the reigning skipper of Team India across formats, while he also leads Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. He is also rated as the best batsman in the world, currently. He is presently ranked number one among batsmen in the ODIs.
Virat Kohli has created a name for himself in the world of cricket, as he is currently rated as the best batsman in the world. Ranked number one among batsman in the ODIs, Kohli has set the standard too high.
Kohli is so consistent and sublime with his batting that he creates records in almost every game that he plays. As he celebrates his 32nd birthday on Thursday, we take a look at 10 of his all-time records in the sport.
Most double centuries in Tests as captain: To date, Kohli has scored seven double centuries in Test cricket as the Team India captain. Consequently, he holds the record for the same, as he has gone past the previous record-holder Brian Lara of the Windies, who had scored five.
Fastest to 10,000 ODI runs: It was in 2018 when Kohli scripted a unique record, as he became the fastest to score 10, 000 ODI runs, in terms of the number of innings. Kohli achieved the same in just 205 innings, breaking Sachin Tendulkar's record of 259 innings.
Fastest to 10,000 international runs: Kohli is also the fastest to score 10,000 international runs, in terms of playing days (10 years and 68 days). He broke Rahul Dravid's record of 10 years, 317 days.
Fastest to 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year: Kohli once again holds a remarkable record of scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year (2010), while he is the fastest to it, in just 11 innings. He went past the previous record-holder Hasim Amla of South Africa, who did so in 15 innings.
Only player to average over 50 across formats: Kohli's uniqueness seems no end, as he is the only player to date to score more than 20,000 international runs at an average of more than 50 across formats. Freakish!
Most ODI runs in a year as captain: Kohli scripted another special one in a year, as it was in 2017 when he scored 1,460 runs as the captain. In the process, he broke Ricky Ponting's record of the same, who had scored 1,424 in 2007.
First captain to score six ODI centuries as captain in a year: It was in the year 2017 and 2018 when Kohli scored six centuries in the ODIs. As a result, he became the first captain in the format to smash six tons in a calendar year.
Most successful Indian ODI skipper: India might have seen successful captain over the years. However, Kohli surpasses them all, as he has a success rate of 75.89% in ODIs, which is the best among all.
First to score three consecutive ODI centuries: Kohli scripted yet another uncommon feat, as he is the first Indian to score three successive centuries in the ODIs. He attained the feat in 2018 when he did so in three consecutive games against the Windies.
Most runs in the IPL: Kohli's reign of batting supremacy continued even in the Indian Premier League (IPL), as he happens to be the tournament's highest run-scorer, having scored 5,872 runs to date. While he was the second man to score 5,000 runs in the tournament, he looks set to become the first to enter the 6,000-run club.