Highest-ever ODI rating points and other key records India's Virat Kohli is chasing

Ashish Peter 27/02/2018
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Record-breaking Virat Kohli is on the path to notch up many more.

2017 was a record-breaking year for India skipper Virat Kohli and he started the new year, much in the same fashion with his individual brilliance in the tour of South Africa.

The batting maestro became the fastest-ever to 8,000 and then 9,000 ODI runs in the past calendar year while also breaking the record for the most centuries by a skipper in the same period.

Off the back of three double tons in the Test format over the past 12 months, the 29-year-old also overtook Brian Lara’s record of five double centuries as captain of his side.

With his undeniable genius showing no signs of stopping and appetite for runs only increasing, we take a look at the more records Kohli could break in the near future.

FASTEST TO 10,000 ODI RUNS

Having already been the fastest to the 8,000 and 9,000 run mark, Kohli will most definitely be the quickest to the next milestone. Having already scored a staggering 9,588 runs in just 200 innings at an average of 58.1, there is no doubt that the superstar cricketer will get to the 10,000-run mark in 2018.

He will become only the 13th man in the history of ODI cricket to do so if MS Dhoni clears the same hurdle as expected in the near future. The fastest currently to the 10,000 mark is Sachin Tendulkar, who took 259 innings to do so. Kohli should break this one fairly easily, given he has played 200 to date.

FIRST INDIAN TO 2000 T20I RUNS

With 1,983 runs in his kitty so far in the T20I format, Kohli is all set to become only the third batsman in history to breach the 2,000-run mark. Only New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill have achieved just that so far.

Having played only 53 innings so far in the format, Kohli should be the quickest to 2,000 too by a comfortable distance with the current record being held by McCullum who required 67 innings to get there.

McCullum was the first to breach the 2,000-run mark.

McCullum was the first to breach the 2,000-run mark.

MOST TEST WINS AS INDIA CAPTAIN

Dhoni currently holds the record for the most wins as India’s Test captain, with 27 wins from his 60-match tenure. Kohli already has 21 wins in just 34 Tests as India skipper and needs seven more to break the record.

With India slated to play 12 more Tests this calendar year against the likes of England, West Indies and Australia, it is quite possible he could go past the benchmark.

Kohli should beat Dhoni's record comfortably judging by his win-rate.

Kohli should beat Dhoni’s record comfortably judging by his win-rate.

MOST ODI TONS AS SKIPPER

The Delhi-man joined South Africa’s AB de Villiers with 13 ODI centuries as a skipper after the recently-concluded series between the two sides. That puts the pair just behind only Australian great Ricky Ponting in the all-time list.

With the astonishing rate he churns up one century after another, it is not hard to think that Ponting will be overhauled pretty soon too.

HIGHEST ODI RATING POINTS

The India skipper’s brilliant ODI series against the Proteas helped him achieve his highest-ever ICC rating points (909). He is the first Indian to breach to the 900-mark with Tendulkar the second best at 887 points. Only six other players in history have achieved a rating higher than Kohli’s.

Of them, West Indies legend Sir Viv Richards currently holds the record for attaining 935 points during 1985. At the rate Kohli is going, this is one record that he would dearly like to achieve if he wants to cement his place as the format’s all-time greatest.

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Pakistan's Babar Azam and other young batsmen who could be the next Virat Kohli of international cricket

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Azam is the front-runner to Kohli's crown amongst the current crop.

That Virat Kohli is a once-in-a-generation batsman is an understatement. The India batting sensation has redefined run-scoring, often setting a new record with every passing series.

His rise from a chubby under-19 World Cup-winning captain to the athletic beast he is now has been accompanied by his transformation into a complete monster batting-wise, so much so, that he is now poised to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international tons by the time he calls time on his career.

Here, we take a look at four other batsmen aged 25 and below, who have the potential to be the next ‘Kohli’ of international cricket.

BABAR AZAM

The most obvious choice. The Pakistan batsman has racked up staggering numbers already at an early stage of his international career. Still only 23, Babar Azam has seven ODI tons in 40 innings so far.

Averaging 51.1 in ODI cricket already and almost 50 in the T20I format as well, Babar is certain to be the flag-bearer of Pakistan cricket for the next decade or so. What’s even more astonishing about his record is that he hasn’t really enjoyed the luxury of playing in true ‘home’ conditions due to Pakistan having to play their matches in the UAE.

With international cricket making its way back slowly to Pakistan, expect the stylish right-handed batsman to develop even further.

Azam's free-flowing batting is a joy to watch.

Azam’s free-flowing batting is a joy to watch.

SHUBMAN GILL

The player of the tournament of the recently concluded ICC Under-19 World Cup, Shubman Gill’s pedigree as an 18-year-old is immense. He shot to fame even before his heroics in the Indian colts’ victory, making a half-century in his Ranji debut for Punjab. He then further cemented his promise in his next outing for Punjab, notching up his maiden first-class ton.

He averaged a whopping 124 in the World Cup win, and showed his class with a match-winning ton against arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-finals. Armed with all the shots in the book, Gill is already being compared to his idol Kohli and could very well be the next big thing in Indian cricket.

Gill's technique has a striking resemblance to his idol Kohli.

Gill’s technique has a striking resemblance to his idol Kohli.

PRITHVI SHAW

The skipper of India’s Under-19 World Cup winning side, Prithvi Shaw was slightly overshadowed by Gill’s heroics in the tournament. But make no mistake, he has had an equally impressive start to his young career, if not better than his team-mate.

He shot to fame from minor cricket with a record-breaking innings of 546 in a Harris Shield match as a 14-year-old. Shaw broke Tendulkar’s record by becoming the youngest player to score a ton in the Duleep Trophy and then scored another on his first-class debut for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy semi-final win over Tamil Nadu.

His maturity for his age is outstanding and that ice cool temperament will see him go a long way in international cricket.

Shaw has already developed a huge reputation at his age.

Shaw has already developed a huge reputation at his age.

KUSAL MENDIS

The Sri Lankan youngster might not have had the best of times of late in international cricket but his meteoric rise can definitely not be denied. Having long been earmarked as a future superstar through his schoolboy days, Kusal Mendis has already shown brief glimpses that he what it takes to follow the likes of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

His match-winning 178 in the Pallekele Test against Australia last year will live long in the memory of cricket fans in the island nation. Despite being highly inconsistent so far, Mendis has already racked up an ODI ton and 11 half-centuries in 42 innings. If he can develop some consistency over the next year or so, he could very well reach the heights he has been touted to breach.

Mendis has shown plenty of promise despite his inconsistency.

Mendis has shown plenty of promise despite his inconsistency.

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South Africa's Morne Morkel to retire from international cricket after Australia Test series

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South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has announced that the upcoming four-Test series against Australia at home will be his last.

The 33-year-old has featured in 83 Tests for South Africa and claimed 294 wickets at an average of 28.08.

The tall right-arm bowler has been a key part of the Proteas pace attack over the last few years – that includes – Dale Steyn, who has been in and out of the side due to injury, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, and Lungi Ngidi lately.

Morkel is expected to be named in the hosts’ team for the first Test against Australia, which begins on March 1 at Kingsmead, Durban.

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