‘King’ Kohli breaks Sachin’s record

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Oct 2018 08:27:16



Becomes fastest batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs

Tendulkar took 259 innings to touch the mark, while Kohli did it in 205 innings

VIRAT Kohli on Wednesday became the fastest to score 10,000 runs in One-Day Internationals, rewriting, fittingly enough, the iconic Sachin Tendulkar’s record and compounding the cricket community’s conundrum to find the right superlatives for his phenomenal batting.

‘King’ Kohli comfortably bettered the record set by the man who was to Indian cricket for over two decades what the 29-year-old has been for the past few years. Tendulkar took 259 innings to get there, while Kohli has so far batted in 205 innings. Fortune, too, was on Kohli’s side as West Indies skipper Jason Holder dropped his Indian counterpart on 44.
Seventeen summers ago, Tendulkar had ventured into what was then an unchartered territory, during a match against Australia. On Wednesday, Kohli became the 13th batsman to reach the milestone with an unbeaten 157 off 129 balls, which was his 37th ODI hundred. In the process, he also became the fastest to 1,000 runs in a calendar year, taking just 11 innings to get there. Besides Tendulkar and Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rahul Dravid are the other Indians to cross 10000 runs in the format.

Not long ago, while the cricket world struggled to look for words to aptly describe Kohli’s phenomenal batting, his coach Ravi Shastri thought it would be wise to visit the bookstore, buy the latest edition of the Oxford dictionary and look for the adjectives that befit the captain and his superhuman feats.
“If I were you, I would visit the bookstore and pick up the Oxford dictionary,” Shastri had said after a Kohli century guided India to victory over South Africa in February.

Some years ago, Tendulkar, after scoring his 100th international century, said he would love to see an Indian — someone like Kohli or Rohit Sharma — break his records.