India vs Australia 2018-19, 3rd ODI: Since his debut, India captain Virat Kohli has made a habit of breaking all the batting records present in the cricketing manual. In the ongoing three-match ODI series against Australia, Kohli is once again on the verge of adding another feather to his already illustrious cap. He is all set to surpass all-time West Indian great Brian Lara in the list of highest run-getters in the history of ODI cricket. Kohli has played 219* ODI so far in which he has scored 10339 runs at 59.76 (before the third ODI vs Australia). (Live Cricket Blog – India vs Australia 3rd ODI)
The 49-year old Lara has 10405 runs against his name in 299 matches, which makes him the tenth highest run-scorer in the history of ODI format. Lara has scored 19 centuries and 63 half-centuries in his long career, batting at an average of 40.48. The Trinidadian stalwart played his final ODI in World Cup 2007 at Bridgetown against England. Before 3rd ODI vs Australia at the iconic MCG, Kohli has 10339 runs in his account and is just 67 runs away from going past Lara’s tally.
The list of highest run-getters in ODIs is topped by India’s Sachin Tendulkar, who amassed 18426 runs in 463 ODIs, scoring 49 centuries and 96 half-centuries. Sri Lankan champion Kumar Sangakkara comes next on the list with 14234 runs and is followed by Aussie legend Ricky Ponting (13704). Sanath Jayasuriya (13430) and Mahela Jayawardene (12650) are the other two cricketers from the Island nation to complete the top five.
The 30-year old Kohli is already second on the list of batsmen with most centuries in ODIs – with 39 tons – and is 11 centuries away from topping this list as well.
After a rare failure in the first ODI, world’s best ‘chase master’ – Virat Kohli hardly put a foot wrong as he single-handedly laid the foundation for India’s series-levelling six-wicket win against Australia in Adelaide. Kohli smashed his 39th ODI hundred and was ably supported by veteran MS Dhoni, who held his nerves at the death while pulling off a tight finish for the men in blue. With his unbeaten 55, Dhoni has also quietly made a statement to all his critics who doubted his ability at the international stage.