Author: Abhishek Rajan
The Indian captain Virat Kohli has become the fastest batsman in the history of the game to complete 5000 runs as an ODI captain. He got there while batting in the third ODI against Australia.
The record was previously held by the former Indian captain MS Dhoni who got to 5000 ODI runs as captain in a total of 127 innings.
Kohli achieved the feat extraordinarily faster than Dhoni as he took just 82 innings to do so. However, the difference between Kohli and Dhoni is that Dhoni used to bat at no. 6 for India most of the time and didn’t have the opportunity to score as many runs as the top order.
Apart from Kohli and Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly are the other two Indian batsmen who scored 5000 runs while being the captain of the Indian ODI team.
Kohli needed 14 runs to complete 5000 runs as ODI captain ahead of the third ODI against Australia and he scored those runs pretty quickly as he walked out to bat one down after a decent partnership stitched at the top of the order by KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma.
Kohli stitched another good partnership with Rohit for the second wicket and put India in the driver’s seat.
Although the 31-year old couldn’t score his 44th ODI hundred and was cleaned up by Josh Hazlewood at the score of 89, his knock was of great significance in the context of the game as it helped India secure a series win against a highly skilled Australian side.
The Indian skipper insisted after the game that this series win was very satisfying for him and the whole Indian team as it came against Australia’s strongest squad.
“Australia were even better than last time. There’s Steve, David and Marnus. A quality bowling attack, and really intense in the field too.” Kohli told the reporters in the post-match press conference.
“We lost the last three in the last series, and coming back and winning the last two games after losing the first one, is very satisfying.” Kohli added.
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