India vs West Indies 1st ODI: India captain registered his 49th ODI fifty against the touring Windies side in the first ODI at Guwahati and joined an elite list comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Matthew Hayden, and Joe Root. He has completed 2000 international runs in 2018 and this is the third consecutive year he has done that making him the fourth ever cricketer to do so in international cricket.

2000+ international runs in three consecutive years :

Sachin Tendulkar (1996-1998)

Matthew Hayden (2002-2004)

Joe Root (2015-2017)

Virat Kohli (2016-2018)

2000+ runs in int’l cricket in a calendar year on most occasions:

6 Kumar Sangakkara

5 Sachin Tendulkar

5 Mahela Jayawardene


Kohli has been in phenomenal form for the past three years and that has been the big reason behind India’s rise in international cricket. Kohli’s has had an international domination in all forms of the game. India lost an early wicket in the form of Shikhar Dhawan and that brought Kohli to the wicket earlier than he would have wanted. But he along with Rohit Sharma cut loose as they went on a counter-attack. At the time of filing the story, India was 95/1 in 14.3 overs. The men in Blue need 228 runs in 214 balls at 6.39 rpo.

Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field first. The Windies got off to a decent start but then wickets started falling. The touring Windies was reduced to 122/4 and it seemed they would crumble, but Hetmyer got support from Hope, Powell and Holder to help Windies post a daunting 323 for India to chase.

Windies (Playing XI): Kieran Powell, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marlon Samuels, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (C), Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal