Kohli is now the 5th highest run getter for India in ODIs, surpasses the legendary Mohammad Azharuddin
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been in unstoppable form in the One Day International series against the Proteas. After a humiliating defeat at the hands of a brilliant South African side in the recently concluded test series, Virat looks desperate to guide his team to a series victory in the shorter format of the game.
Kohli, so far has been successful in doing exactly what he aimed for in the series. His heroics with the bat has led India to three wins out of the four one day internationals against South Africa, with two more to go. The right handed genius already has struck two absolutely mindblowing centuries in the series and would look to repeat the same kind of performance in the next two matches also.
The talisman has looked rock solid at the crease and has displayed a vast array of shots against a deadly South African bowling. In the fourth ODI of the series, although Kohli scored 75 runs, India were unable to seal the series with a win. But Kohli’s 75 runs were very crucial for him as it helped him get into the list of the top 5 run getters for India ever.
Kohli surpassed the legendary Mohammad Azharuddin who had scored a massive 9378 runs for India. The current Indian skipper now has 9423 runs to his name in just 206 matches. He is behind just 4 Indian players now – Sachin Tendulkar (18,426 runs), Sourav Ganguly (11,363 runs), Rahul Dravid (10,889 runs) and MS Dhoni (9954 runs). And if he carries on like this, it would not be wrong to say that the Delhi boy will soon leave behind the master as the highest run getter for India.
Kohli, meanwhile, also became the only second cricketer after AB de Villiers to score 350 plus runs in an ODI series in South Africa. With 34 hundreds to his name, Kohli is just second to Sachin Tendulkar (49) as far as the number of hundreds is concerned.