Remembering Virat Kohli’s best records on the Indian skipper’s birthday
- Virat Kohli is leading the Indian cricket team in the campaign for the T20 World Cup
- The skipper turned 33-years-old on November 5
- He is the fastest batter to score 10,000 runs in One Day Internationals
Virat Kohli is a man who does not need introduction--the Indian skipper turned 33 on November 5 and will be celebrating his birthday in the UAE. He is leading the Indian side in their campaign for the ICC T20 World Cup.
It was clear from the beginning of his career that Kohli was destined for greatness when he led the U-19 squad to the World Cup in 2008. His consistent display was rewarded with a call up to the national side and he made his debut against Sri Lanka in the same year.
Since then, Kohli has been on an exponential growth trajectory. The batsman was a part of India’s successful World Cup campaign in 2011, he was named the country’s vice-captain in 2012, and was promoted as the Test Captain in 2014 and went on to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the limited overs captain in 2017.
Here are three incredible records of the Indian skipper:
Fastest batsman to score 10,000 runs in One Day Internationals
Although it has been a while since the captain scored a century, he remains a run machine and a constant threat to bowlers. There was a time when it seemed like every time he stepped on the pitch, he would walk out with a hundred to his name. He overtook cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar as the batsman to score the quickest 10,000 runs in ODIs.
Kohli achieved the feat in 205 innings while Tendulkar took 259 innings to do the same. He will be hoping to become the only batsman with 50 Test centuries, at present he has 43 to his name in white ball cricket.
First Indian captain to beat the Aussies away from home in a Test series
Kohli led from the front in India’s memorable series win against the Australians in the 2018/19 season. The kangaroos’ domination that lasted over seven decades was ended by Kohli and his men in a fashionable manner. The skipper became the first Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia.
The most Test wins for an Indian captain
Kohli is no stranger to churning out victories in red ball cricket and has recorded 38 wins in 65 fixtures, numbers which have made him India’s most successful captain in Test matches. After taking over at a difficult moment when it seemed impossible for the Indians to win on foreign soil, he broke the curse and led the side to popular series wins all over the globe.
During his tenure, Kohli has ensured the side’s dominance in ICC Test rankings. He is the player with most Test wins as an Indian captain, ahead of the likes of MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly.