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In a cricket-obsessed nation, competing with other emerging talents is not a goal achievable in a single night; it’s a journey that takes time and effort. It is extremely difficult to make a way and don the national jersey. But Virat Kohli, with his aggressive play and top skills, not only made a way to the Indian team and became its captain (now Rohit Sharma), but he also reached the top of the world cricket. In fact, Kohli is widely considered as one of the best cricketers in the world. On that note, let us glance through on some top Virat Kohli records.
15First Indian captain to win Test & ODI series in Australia
14First Asian captain to win Tests in Australia, England and South Africa
In 2018, Virat Kohli, the then captain of India, achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first Asian captain to secure Test victories in Australia, England, and South Africa. While previous Indian captains Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni had led the team to Test victories in England and South Africa, Kohli’s accomplishment was the first to include Australia. Prior to this achievement, India’s last Test victory in Australia had occurred at the WACA Ground in Perth in 2008.
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13Fastest 15,000 Runs Scorer
12World’s fastest batsman to score 10,000 runs
In 2018, Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman ever to reach the 10,000 runs milestone in ODI after scoring a second consecutive century against West Indies. The skipper broke the record of his master and batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who had reached the landmark in 259 innings. He took 10years and 68 days to achieve this success. He achieved the mark of 10,000 runs in 205 innings.
11Fastest to reach 10 Test Tons among Indian Captains
The heartthrob of Indian cricket took 44 innings to get to the landmark. He now stands ahead of the India’s legend Sunil Gavaskar who took 8 innings to reach the target. Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman leads the list with 26 innings.
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10Most runs scored in T20 Competition
In an impressive display of his T20I cricket prowess, Virat Kohli amassed a remarkable total of 4,008 runs. He achieved this remarkable feat over the course of 115 matches, demonstrating his consistency and skill in the shortest format of the game.
9Sole Player to average above 50 in Test, ODI, T20
Virat Kohli holds the unique distinction of being the sole player in international cricket whose batting average exceeds 50 in all three formats: ODIs, Tests, and T20s.
8Most Runs in IPL
In a spectacular career spanning 237 matches, Virat Kohli has managed to accumulate a staggering total of 7,263 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL), firmly establishing himself as the highest run-scorer in the history of the tournament.
7Most Centuries in ODIs Before Age of 30
Before turning 30, Virat scored a total of 38 ODI centuries – the most by any cricketer at this age.
6Fastest to score 9,000 runs in international cricket
Kohli’s exceptional batting prowess was on full display as he blazed his way to 9,000 ODI runs in just 194 innings, making him the fastest cricketer to achieve this milestone. This remarkable feat shattered the previous record held by AB de Villiers, who had taken 205 innings to reach the same mark. Kohli’s consistency and determination in the ODI format set a new benchmark for run-scoring efficiency.
5Highest number of centuries while chasing
Virat has the most number of tons (27) while chasing the target. He broke the record of Sachin Tendulkar (17). Sachin took 232 innings to make it whereas Virat took 102 to achieve it.
4Highest score by an Indian captain in Test
Three among the best five highest scores by an Indian captain in Test cricket belong to Virat. This includes a 243 against Sri Lanka in 2017 – the highest score by an Indian captain in Test cricket.
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3Fastest to score 4,000 runs in Test as skipper
The captain of Indian Test team is the fastest man to score 4,000 runs as a skipper in Test format. He achieved this feat in 65 innings. Brian Lara sits second with 71 innings.
2First man to score three ton in first three innings
Virat Kohli is the first cricketer to score three centuries in his first three innings as Test captain. He is also the second Test captain to score centuries in his first two Test innings after Australia’s Gregg Chappell.
1First to bag ICC’s top awards in single year
Virat Kohli is the first cricketer in the world to be awarded the top three ICC awards (Cricketer of the year, Test cricketer of the year and ODI cricketer of the year) in a single year.
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