Virat Kohli is arguably the best batsman in the world of cricket right now. The Indian captain wears his passion on his sleeves and is known for his exemplary temperament and technique.
He burst into the international scene when he led the U19 team to World Cup glory in the year 2008.
Records are now part and parcel of Virat Kohli’s life. He has already scored 43 ODI centuries, 26 Test centuries and 7 Test double hundreds.
Here are 5 possible records that Virat Kohli can break before he turns 35.
5. Fastest to 12000 ODI runs
The Indian captain broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of being the quickest to 11,000 ODI runs during the high-octane clash against Pakistan at the 2019 World Cup.
Moreover, Kohli joined the elite club by becoming the third Indian and ninth player overall.
But, surprise surprise, Virat is set to overtake Tendulkar in being the fastest to reach 12,000 ODI runs as well. Very sooner than later, this record is going to fall before VK.
He has scored 11520 runs from 230 ODI innings, while Sachin took 300 innings to reach the 12000-mark. It will be child’s play for Kohli to score the remaining 480 runs, and surely he is not going to take more than 70 innings for the same!
4. Most runs in T20Is
Virat Kohli is truly one of a kind in that he has an average of more-than-50 in all three formats of the game. And the mind-boggling part is his average of 50 in the T20Is.
In an era of batsmen like Chris Gayle and Ab de Villiers who approach T20 cricket with brute force and innovative shots, Kohli showed that orthodox shots and textbook stuff could also be as efficient.
Even though Virat Kohli has never tasted T20 WC success, he has won two consecutive ‘Player of the Tournament’ Awards in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
Virat is currently 2nd on the list of most runs scorers in international T20 with 2450 runs, and it is almost inevitable that he would become the highest run scorer in a matter of time.
But it is Rohit Sharma who is first in the list, and Kohli will have to compete rather healthily with his fellow Indian star to take the honours.
3. Fewest innings to 10000 Test runs
When you take Test cricket as a whole, Sachin Tendulkar has hit the most runs, centuries and the likes.
Considering the magnitude of these records, it is a bit premature to conclude that Virat Kohli would surpass them.
However it is very likely that the 31-year-old batsman would beat Sachin Tendulkar’s record (that he shares with Brian Lara and Kumar Sangakkara) of having reached 10000 Test runs in the fewest innings.
Tendulkar reached the feat in 195 innings. Kohli, on the other hand, currently sits on 7066 Test runs from 139 innings. It is therefore worth betting that Virat would break this record too, if his form continues in a similar vein.
2. Most ODI centuries
Kohli is just short of seven more tons to become the first man in history to score 50 ODI hundreds. The man from Delhi is merely six behind Sachin Tendulkar, the ‘Master Blaster.’
Virat Kohli has been phenomenal in ODI, and the numbers back him up. The consistency shown by Virat in ODIs strengthens the belief that he can surpass the record in near future.
When it comes to the ODI format, Virat Kohli is in a league of his own. The Indian captain breaks records for fun, and no one comes in his way.
Kohli is currently on 43 ODI centuries, and with a lot of time ahead in his already illustrious career, even the worst case scenario will not prevent him from getting to 50 ODI tons, and thus getting to the record.
1. Most Test wins as captain
Kohli is has already breached the major milestone of having accomplished most wins as a Test Captain for India. It was MS Dhoni’s record that was toppled by the star cricketer.
Kohli has been an inspirational skipper for the Indians in the longest format of the game, and has won 31 Tests already. Importantly, he took up the mantle of being captain when the team was truly in troubled waters, and was undergoing a huge transition.
However, looking at the overall figures, it is the former South African skipper Graeme Smith who tops the chart with 53 wins from 109 Tests.
Judging from India’s performance under Kohli, it is a matter of time before Virat usurps Smith’s incredible record.