20,000 in a decade: Virat Kohli, a man who leaves no milestone unturned

Virat Kohli scored his second consecutive century on he Caribbean tour (Source: AP)

Enroute to his 43rd ODI hundred which guided India to a six-wicket win over West Indies in the third ODI, Indian skipper Virat Kohli became the first batsman to score 20,000 international runs in a decade. Kohli’s second hundred on the trot on Wednesday night also helped him equal Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most number of centuries against a single opposition in ODI cricket.

On the list of most international runs scored in a decade, Kohli is followed by Ricky Ponting (18,962 runs), Jacques Kallis (16,777 runs), Mahela Jayawardene (16,304 runs), Kumar Sangakkara (15,999 runs), Sachin Tendulkar (15,962 runs), Rahul Dravid (15,853 runs), and Hashim Amla (15,185 runs).

Kohli now is one ton away from equalling Ricky Ponting in the list of most number of centuries scored by a skipper in ODIs.

Incidentally, he also surpassed former Australian opener, Matthew Hayden, to hit the most number of centuries scored by a visiting batsman in West Indies.

On the list of most international runs scored in a decade, Kohli is followed by Ricky Ponting. (Twitter)

Kohli has registered eight centuries against West Indies in ODIs. This is the second-most by a player versus an opponent in ODIs. Tendulkar tops the charts with nine centuries against Australia. Both the batsmen have eight centuries against Sri Lanka as well.

The 30-year-old, who made his Test and T20I debut in 2010, had already scored 484 runs in ODI cricket in the previous decade after making his debut in the 50-over format in 2008.

He has scored 20502 runs across all 3 formats out of which he has scored 20018 in the ongoing decade.

Kohli reached the milestone when he scored an unbeaten 114 runs from 99 deliveries in the 3rd ODI of the 3-match series against West Indies in Port of Spain on Wednesday.

Coming into bat after India got off to a poor start, losing Rohit Sharma early in the 255-run chase in 35 overs, the Indian skipper stitched a crucial 66-run partnership with Shikhar Dhawan.

He also shared a partnership of 120 runs with Shreyas Iyer, taking the game away from the hosts and helped India chase down the revised DLS target with 15 balls to spare.

West Indiespaid the price of dropping Kohli early on in the innings. Wicketkeeper Shai Hope dropped his catch off Keemo Paul’s bowling. Kohli made the most of the dropped chance and helped India win their ninth bilateral ODI series against West Indies.