Every time India captain – Virat Kohli steps on to the cricket field, he breaks batting records simply for fun. With an average of well over 50 in Tests and ODIs, Kohli looks almost impenetrable in his defence and technique with a wielding willow in his hand. His run-scoring ability is hard to match irrespective of the format and his hunger for the game is like never-seen-before.
After conquering Windies in the recently-concluded two-match Test series, Kohli has now set his sight firmly on the upcoming five-match ODI series against the Caribbean boys. The No.1 ODI batsman has a great chance of surpassing his idol Sachin Tendulkar in a couple of records in the limited-overs format.
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Continuing his consistent run-of-form, the Indian skipper has been in great form this year in both Tests and ODIs. In the upcoming ODI series, Kohli can overhaul Tendulkar’s tally of maximum runs against West Indies by an Indian batsman in one-day internationals. He has scored 1387 runs against Windies in just 27 ODIs, while the master blaster is on the top of the list with 1573 runs in 39 matches
Both Tendulkar and Kohli has scored four centuries against Windies, the latter can surpass the former in that aspect as well. The other players on the list are – Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly. ‘The Wall’ has scored 1348 runs in 40 matches while ‘Bengal Tiger’ is on the fourth spot with 1142 runs in 27 matches.
There is one more important record in ODI cricket on which Kohli can put his claim – the Delhi-batsman is just 221 runs away from entering the elite 10K club in the 50-overs format. At present, Kohli has scored 9779 runs in 211 matches (203 innings) at an astonishing career average of 58.20.
In the five-match ODI rubber vs Windies, the fiery Indian skipper will also have a chance to become the fastest to complete 10,000 runs. Tendulkar currently holds the records of smashing fastest 10,000 runs in ODI in 259 innings. So far, only four Indian batsmen have registered their name in the top 10K club – apart from Tendulkar (18,426) – Sourav Ganguly (11,363), Rahul Dravid (10,889) and MS Dhoni (10,123) are the other batsmen to achieve the landmark.
Kohli is also only 170 runs short from completing 4000 runs on the home soil. If he manages to touch that mark, he will become only the third Indian batsman after Tendulkar (6976) and Dhoni (4216) to claim that record.
India’s ODI Squad (first two matches): Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav.