Run machine Kohli shatters record to become fastest captain to 11,000 international runs


Pune: Indian captain Virat Kohli on Friday added another feather to his already-illustrious cap as he completed 11,000 runs in international cricket across formats during the ongoing third and final T20 international against Sri Lanka in Pune.

Kohli needed just one run before this game to reach the landmark which he did in the 13th over of India’s innings after they were put into bat by Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga.

Kohli got to the milestone in his 169th international match and in the process, also broke Ricky Ponting’s record to become the fastest captain to achieve the feat in terms of both matches and innings played.

Incidentally, Kohli is also the fastest batsman to reach 11,000 runs in ODI cricket, achieving the feat last year in the World Cup match against Pakistan in Manchester in June.

The 31-year-old has amassed 7202 runs from 84 Tests and 11609 runs from 242 ODIs while averaging over 50 in all three formats, which again is a record.

Kohli is the second Indian captain after Mahendra Singh Dhoni to score 11k runs in all three formats combined. He has the highest average among all other captains in the 11k club and is level on the number of hundreds scored – 41 – with Ponting.

Overall, Kohli is the sixth captain to achieve the feat after Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith, Stephen Fleming, MS Dhoni and Allan Border.

Former Australia captain Ponting leads the list with 15,440 runs in 324 matches followed by Smith (14,878 in 286 matches), Fleming (11,561 in 303 matches), Dhoni (11,207 in 332 matches) and Border (11,062 in 271 matches).

Kohli got to the feat in just his 196th innings. Ponting had previously held the record for being the fastest captain to 11k runs. He had done it in 252 innings. Kohli’s predecessor Dhoni had taken 324 innings.

This is the second match in a row that Kohli has broken a world record after becoming the fastest to 1000 T20I runs as captain in the last game against Sri Lanka in Indore. Kohli achieved the feat in his 30th innings as skipper, and again is only the second Indian captain to get to the landmark after Dhoni.

Kohli also went past his teammate Rohit Sharma to grab the top spot on the list of most runs scored in T20I cricket during his unbeaten 30 off 17 balls in the second match which India won by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the three-match series.


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