Virat Kohli becomes fastest to score 18,000 international runs

New Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli completed 18,000 runs in international cricket on the second day of the final Test match between India and England at the Kia Oval in London.

Kohli took 382 innings to achieve the feat the least by any batsman and is the only cricketer to score that many international runs in less than 400 innings.

The run-machine has amassed 18,000 runs in international cricket and also becomes only the fourth Indian to reach this feat. He now joins an elite company of Indian cricketers consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid.

In the process, Kohli also becomes the fastest batsman to 18,000 runs, reaching the milestone in just 382 innings. This record means he surpasses West Indian batting great Brian Lara’s record of 411 innings and Sachin Tendulkar who needed 412 innings to complete the landmark.

With the series already sealed by the hosts, the England tour has been bittersweet for the Indian cricket team. Though, the same can’t be said about Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper has been in an extraordinary form in the ongoing series against England, having already scored 593 runs at an average of 65.88, which includes two centuries.

Virat Kohli hammered past his demons of 2014 tour of England by scoring a brilliant 149 in the first innings of the first Test between England and India at Birmingham. His knock had a couple of major significance. First, it was his maiden ton in against England back in their own backyard. Secondly, and more importantly, it allowed India to post a decent score.

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

By Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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