- Virat Kohli is 57 runs away from becoming the fastest cricketer to reach the 11,000 ODI run milestone.
- He already holds the record for being the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 ODI runs.
- India are scheduled to play New Zealand on Thursday.
The weight of expectations on Virat Kohli’s mighty shoulders will further grow heavy with Shikhar Dhawan out injured when India meet an unbeaten New Zealand side in the team’s third ICC World Cup 2019 match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday.
However, the one thing to cheer up the Indian skipper to perform well would be the fact that the 30-year-old is on the cusp of breaking another World record. Virat Kohli is only 57 runs away from becoming the fastest batsman to reach the milestone of 11,000 ODI runs.
Virat’s score tally currently stands at 10,943 runs from 221 innings. If at all he scores 57 more runs against the Kiwis, he will become the first batsman to take less than 11 years to achieve the feat as well. The Indian captain already holds the record for being the fastest batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs.
Moreover, Kohli also has the chance to become only the third Indian and ninth batsman in the world to reach to the 11,000 ODI runs milestone. The other two Indians are Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.
In fact, Kohli even climb to the 8th spot in the all-time ODI run scorers’ list if he has a good World Cup. If he does that, he will topple Ganguly, who has scored 11,363 runs in his ODI career.
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If he goes on to score a century against New Zealand, Kohli will also become the third batsman to score 6 centuries against New Zealand. Virender Sehwag and Ricky Ponting are the other two cricketers to have achieved the feat.
However, things may not be as easy for Virat Kohli considering he will be up against one of the most potent bowling sides in the World Cup so far. Things have become a bit more complicated ever since Shikhar Dhawan injured his thumb in the match against Australia.
As a resultant, KL Rahul will be pushed to the opening slit with Dinesh Karthik expected to come in at the fourth slot.
With the highly anticipated fixture against arch-rival Pakistan, Virat Kohli & Co. would be looking to get things in place.