Virat Kohli becomes fastest batsman in history to register 10,000 ODI runs

Sudhir Gupta 24/10/2018
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Kohli breaks another ODI record.

Virat Kohli’s appetite for runs shows no signs of stopping with the India skipper breaching the 10,000-run mark in the second ODI against the West Indies at Vishakapatnam on Wednesday.

Kohli became the quickest batsman in ODI history to breach the milestone, bettering the 259 innings taken by India legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Kohli got to the mark in just his 205th ODI innings. The right-hander also slammed his 49th half-century in the format and was looking good for his 37th ton at the time of writing.

The 29-year-old became the 13th batsman in ODI history to cross the 10,000-run mark and the fifth Indian after Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni.

Of all the batsmen to have breached the mark, Kohli’s average of near 60 is the highest.

Kohli’s has been in fine form across all formats in 2018 and showed his prowess with a 107-ball 140 in the first ODI against the Windies at Guwahati.

On Wednesday, the star batsman came out to bat early on after India lost opener Rohit Sharma cheaply. Shikhar Dhawan then departed early too but Kohli continued from where he left off in Guwahati with another commanding display with the bat.

The right-hander forged a solid third wicket stand with Ambati Rayudu to lay a solid platform for India.

It has been a prolific year for Kohli across all formats, especially the ODIs. In 2018 alone, the right-hander has notched up four tons and as many half-centuries in 11 ODI innings with his run tally approaching 1,000.

His average in the format this year is verging around the 135-run mark with his strike-rate hovering over 100.

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Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson returns to senior team for Pakistan T20 series

Sudhir Gupta 24/10/2018
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Corey Anderson.

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson is set to make his long-awaited return to international cricket after being added to the Black Caps squad for the Twenty20 series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Anderson and wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips have been added to the team for the three-match series which begins in the UAE next week.

The seam-bowling all-rounder had been out of action for nearly a year and a half, having undergone surgery for a back injury. No wonder he is glad to be back in blacks.

“It’s obviously been a long road back and after the surgery there were some long tedious days,” said Anderson.

“But this is what the rehab is for and to be picked again is a great feeling.”

The all-rounder didn’t encounter any problems during a recent T20 stint with English outfit Somerset and is currently leading New Zealand ‘A’ against Pakistan A in the UAE.

The first of three T20s between the teams will be played on October 31 followed by a three-ODI and three-Test series.

New Zealand T20 squad:

Kane Williamson (capt), Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor, Mark Chapman, Corey Anderson, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne, Seth Rance, Lockie Ferguson

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Australia skipper Aaron Finch wary of Pakistan spinners in T20 series

Denzil Pinto 23/10/2018
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Raring to go: Aaron Finch

Australia captain Aaron Finch admits his batsmen must deal with the threat of Pakistan’s spinners if they want to prevail in the T20 series.

Shadab Khan leads Pakistan’s attack in the spin department after missing out on the Test series while all-rounders Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez are expected to test the men in gold.

The last time Australia faced Shadab, the 20-year-old took two wickets in the tri-series final in Harare. And Finch insists the batsmen cannot afford to be sloppy against spin and expects Shadab and Wasim, who returns to the set-up after some impressive domestic displays, to cause problems.

“Shadab’s a world-class spinner,” said the opening batsman, whose side beat UAE on Monday.“I thought we played him really well in Harare on a wicket that was spinning, especially towards the end of that tri-series. Their spinners play a big part in their plan and we have to play well against them to be in with a chance.”

He added: “Imad is a very good bowler. He bowled well against us in the past in T20s and particularly with the new ball, he has a lot of skills. He has been playing good cricket recently and he’s someone we have to play well against.”

Unlike their Test side, the Australians have plenty of fire-power with big hitters Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short and Finch all capable of taking the game away from Pakistan.

Chris Lynn also falls into that bracket after scoring more than 3,000 runs in T20s. The right-hander, who has been plagued with injuries, is set to make only his 12th appearance in the shortest format for Australia but Finch says he’s been encouraged by Lynn’s work ethic.

“He played nicely yesterday against the UAE,” he said. “He has been injured for quite a while but he is feeling great at the moment and it’s great to have him back.”

He added: “We have some fantastic hitters of the ball. I think defensive bowling is probably as important as batting. If you take wickets in the powerplay, it tends to win you games. We will have our game plans on how we approach the game. But both sides are very attacking and have plenty of power.”

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