Virat Kohli breaks Javed Miandad's ODI record against West Indies, goes past Sourav Ganguly

Ajit Vijaykumar 20:08 11/08/2019
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Virat Kohli.

Virat Kohli has many records to his name, which in itself might be a record some day – he added two more to the impressive list on Sunday.

Kohli first became top run-getter against West Indies in ODIs. Kohli crossed Pakistan legend Javed Miandad’s tally of 1,930 runs against the Windies in 50-over cricket. Kohli crossed that mark during the second ODI against the Caribbean side in Port of Spain.

The India skipper crossed Miandad’s mark in 34 matches, which is 30 games less than how long it took the Pakistan great to score those runs.

However, the one major difference is the quality of the Windies attack. Miandad’s ODI career started in 1975 and ended in 1996. During that period, the Windies produced some of the greatest and most menacing fast bowlers the game has seen.

Kohli, on the other hand, has scored his runs against much-weaker Caribbean attacks. Even so, it’s Kohli who has broken Miandad’s record and not any other batsman of this era.

And he has broken the record in almost half the time, which is no mean feat.

Also, Kohli went past Sourav Ganguly’s ODI tally of runs for India. Ganguly scored 11,363 runs in 311 ODIs and Kohli overtook the former captain in just his 238th match.

Only Sachin Tendulkar has scored more runs than Kohli for India in ODIs – 18,426. Kohli’s average is nearing 60 and if he plays anywhere near Sachin’s tally of 463 ODIs, he will crush every ODI record in the book.

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