When it comes to all-time greats, there are a few mighty evergreen players that you can’t help but admire. With Kohli breaking another all-time record, we can’t help but put-forth few of the greatest ever to have come close to this record.
Here are the top five player that have recorded most international runs scored in a decade:
5. Kumar Sangakkara –
The legendary wicket-keeper batsman from Sri Lanka has gone down in the history book as the second highest run getter in ODIs. With 14,234 runs, Sanga only falls behind the superman from India; Sachin Tendulkar.
Sanga has left behind a legacy, not only for his country but for the entire cricketing world. In the 2000s, Sanga amassed a total of 15,999 in 2000s, making him the 5th highest run getter in terms of most intentional runs scored in a decade.
Sanga also finished as the 6th highest run getter in Test cricket. The only thing this legend missed out on, was the ICC Cricket World Cup. Sri Lanka finished as the runners up, for the second time in a row.
4. Mahela Jayawardene –
Much like his colleague, Mahela is a legend that has given the cricketing fraternity a lot to remember. The right hand batting legend is one of the most accomplished cricketers the world has ever seen.
Mahela has over 25,000 intentional runs. He finished as the 5th highest run getter in ODIs and 9th in Test cricket. He is also the 4th highest run scorer, when it comes to most international runs scored in a decade. With 16,304 runs in the 200s, he missed out on the 3rd spot by about 450 odd runs.
3. Jacques Kallis –
King Kallis had to make this list. The South African giant is probably one of the greatest crickets to have played this game. This right hand player is regarded as the all time best all-rounder of this generation.
Kallis has over 25,000 runs and 577 wickets in his 19 years old international career. KK has a lot of international T20 experience as well and has played and coached franchise based teams all around the world.In the 200s, Kallis scored a total of 16,777 international runs, second to Ricky Ponting at that time.
The all-time great hung up his boots in 2014, from International cricket and now coaches franchise based teams, across global T20 leagues.
2. Ricky Ponting –
A childhood hero for many, Punter is another masterful player that graced the cricketing world with his expertise and talent. Keeping aside his batting masterclass, Ponting is still recognised as one of the best captains of all time.
The Australian skipper lead his side to two successful World Cup campaigns (2003 and 2007) and also received the ICC Test Championship Mace in 2009, for finishing as the No.1 Test team.
The great leader and cricketer, showed the world a more aggressive approach as a captain and displayed a more attacking show of cricket. Ponting retired as the 3rd highest run getter in ODIs and 2nd in Test.
He also held on to the record of scoring most international runs in a decade, which was broken recently. Ponting scored 18,962 runs in the 2000s.
1.Virat Kohli –
Now called as King Kohli, the right-handed batsman from India is regarded as the best batsman of this generation. The Delhi born is on a mission to smash records and leave behind a legacy that will be unheard of.
He averages a mammoth 60 in ODIs now. This is a record that was unheard of before Kohli showed the world its possible. He smashed Ponting’s record of having the most international runs in a decade, in the recently commenced India’s tour of West Indies.
Kohli now has scored 20,000 plus international runs, since his debut in 2010. The record man from India is expected to break all the major records by the time he retires, including Sachin Tendulkar’s most ODI runs and 100 international centuries.