Virat Kohli in Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid league: 10,000 runs in India’s wins
Virat Kohli scaled a summit across all formats during the second ODI against Australia at Eden Gardens on Thursday, joining the two Indian cricket stalwarts while averaging a mind-boggling 67.96 in matches India have won.india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 22, 2017 19:42 IST
The iconic Eden Gardens plunged into silence when Virat Kohli chopped one onto his wicket to fall eight runs short to what would have been his 31st ODI cricket century — one that would have put him ahead of Ricky Ponting — during the second ODI against Australia on Thursday.
But little did the thousands present at the stadium and millions watching the match on television realise that yet another record had been set by the Indian run-machine.
Virat Kohli became only the third Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs across formats in matches India have won. Virat Kohli, with his innings of 92, joined Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in this elite club.
The India skipper’s record was established only when India wrapped up the game with a 50-run victory to claim a 2-0 lead.
Virat Kohli has contributed 10,059 runs in India’s wins across formats. He follows Tendulkar (17,113 runs) and Dravid (10,860 runs) in this exclusive list. Kohli, however, has taken a mere 179 matches and 193 innings to achieve the feat.
In Tests, Virat Kohli has scored 2,472 runs in India’s wins, and 6,313 runs in ODIs and 1,274 in T20Is, which gives him a grand total of 10,059 runs.
Tendulkar scored 5,946 runs in Tests, 11,157 runs in ODIs and 10 runs (in his only T20I) for a grand total of 17,113 runs.
Dravid made 5,131 runs in Tests and 5,729 runs in ODIs, aggregating 10,860 runs.
Virender Sehwag is fourth in the list with 9,372 runs while Sourav Ganguly has 9,102 runs.
Kohli’s predecessor, MS Dhoni has scored 8,393 runs across formats in a winning cause.
At 28, Virat Kohli is already level with Ponting (30) in scoring most ODI tons, which puts him at joint second overall with only Sachin Tendulkar (49) ahead. He is less than 1,500 runs from completing 10,000 runs in ODI cricket alone — a format in which he already holds the record of scoring most centuries while chasing.
Kohli has a grand total of 34 centuries across formats in India’s wins, which is 16 less than Tendulkar (50), but 11 more than Dravid (23). Virat Kohli has scored 48 fifties in the process. Still, he has some catching up to do with Sachin Tendulkar (83 fifties) and Rahul Dravid (70 fifties).
But Virat Kohli towers above the rest in his batting average, even above Tendulkar, whom he considers his idol. Kohli averages 67.96 in India’s wins across formats, whereas Tendulkar averaged 58.20 and Dravid clocked 56.85. Among the top 10, only MS Dhoni averages in excess of 60 — 62.63 — in the matches India have won across formats.
So near yet so far
However, Ricky Ponting, the Australian great whom Virat Kohli is on the verge of surpassing for ODI centuries, is far ahead in terms of scoring runs in his team’s wins.
Ponting, with 20,140 runs across formats, sits atop of the list of batsmen who have scored most runs in their team’s wins. Ponting averaged 53.42 with 55 centuries and 112 half-centuries — the only instance of a batsman crossing the mark of 100 fifties in his team’s wins.
Tendulkar is in the second spot followed by Jacques Kallis (14,827 runs), Kumar Sangakkara (14,605 runs) and Mahela Jayawardene (14,131 runs) in the overall list.