The 30-year-old first surpassed Pakistan’s legendary Javed Miandad to be the highest run-getter against the West Indies in the ODIs.
Mumbai: On Sunday, India registered their first victory in the three-match ODI series as Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Bhuvneshwar Kumar played crucial role in India’s victory in a rain-affected match. After winning the toss, Captain Kohli elected to bat first.
After losing openers Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and number four batsman Rishabh Pant, skipper Kohli and Shreyas Iyer came to the middle to rescue India from a precarious situation as the duo formed a 125-runs partnership to take India from 148/4 to a challenging 279. Virat Kohli hit his 42nd ton, while Shreyas Iyer hit a 68-ball 71. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced an economical spell of 31/4 to guide India home.
However, during India’s journey to 279, Virat Kohli shattered multiple records to register his name in the books of global and all-time ODI records. The 30-year-old first surpassed Pakistan’s legendary Javed Miandad to be the highest run-getter against the West Indies in the 50-overs format. Kohli broke the record after 26-years.
Interestingly, the Indian skipper took 34 innings to go past Miandad who had taken 64 innings to score 1930 against the Caribbeans, but after the Indian skipper scored 120, the captain surpassed Javed Miandad to become the first Asian cricketer to have scored 2000 runs or above against the West Indies.
During his knock of 120, Kohli also crossed Sourav Ganguly’s ODI record of 11,383 ODI runs to be the second top-runs scorer in the ODIs. The 30-year-old now has 11,404 ODI runs. Currently, Kohli is at eighth with 11,404 ODI runs, and he is lagging behind topper Sachin Tendulkar, who amassed 18,426 runs in 463 ODI. However, Kohli garnered 11,404 runs in just 238 ODI caps.
Kohli’s knock of 120 also became the highest scorer as a captain in the West Indies. The previous best was by Brian Lara who scored 116 versus Sri Lanka.
Moreover, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have become the second pair to have most 50 plus stand in the ODIs. The duo moved past Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to register the most number of 50-run stand for India in the 50-overs format.
With the knock of 120, Kohli also surpassed West Indies legend Desmond Haynes’ feat of most hundreds scored in India-West Indies in West Indies.
Nevertheless, Virat Kohli wasn’t able to break former West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan’s record of most ODI runs scored by a batsman in an India-West Indies ODI series.
Sarwan has scored 700 runs from 17 games while the Indian skipper has 676 runs from 13 encounters. In the third ODI, which is scheduled to be played on August 14, Kohli will aim break to that record by scoring 24 or above.