Notable records set by India batter in international cricket

Virat Kohli made headlines during the Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and South Africa in Kolkata on Sunday.

Kohli celebrated his 35th birthday in style, going to a 119-ball century against the Proteas in the City of Joy. That century helped Kohli to equal Sachin Tendulkar in terms of ODI centuries (49 tons).

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In the ongoing World Cup so far, Virat Kohli has scored 543 runs from eight matches, with two centuries to his name in this tournament. Kohli is second in the list of all-time leading run-scorers, behind South Africa’s Quinton de Kock (550 runs).

Throughout his international career, Kohli has gone on to become a name synonymous with making and breaking several records across formats.

As the Delhi cricketer adds another feather to his cap, we take a look at some of the records Kohli has achieved along the way:

—During the ongoing World Cup, Virat Kohli broke another record of Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli has gone on to score 1000 plus runs in a calendar year for eight years, while Tendulkar had only done so for seven years. So far, Kohli has scored over 1000 runs in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2023, while Tendulkar has done so in 1994, 1996, 1997, 2039, 203, 203, 203 , 203, 1997, 1997, 203, 203, 1990, 1997, 2030, 2030, 1997, 2030, 1997, 2030, 1997, 1997, 1990, 1997.

—Virat Kohli is the joint-fifth fastest batsman to score 5000 runs in Tests, having taken 138 innings to do so. Only Steve Smith, Walter Hammond, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar have done so in an even faster time.

—Virat Kohli is also the fastest to 13,000 runs in ODIs, having done so in 267 runs. Sachin Tendulkar took 321 innings to reach the milestone.

—Virat Kohli took just 96 innings to reach 3500 runs in T20Is, becoming the fastest in the milestone. Martin Guptill (118 innings) and Rohit Sharma (126) did so in more innings than Kohli.

—Virat Kohli is fourth in most fifties in international cricket. Kohli has 215 scores of 50-plus, but behind Sachin Tendulkar (264), Ricky Ponting (217) and Kumar Sangakkara (216).

—Virat Kohli also has the third highest batting average in ODIs. Kohli averages 58.58 in ODIs, only behind Ryan Ten Doeschate (67) and Shubman Gill (61.02).

—When he scored 115 and 141 against Australia during the Adelaide Test in 2014, Kohli joined an elite list of cricketers to have scored decades in every mathematical Test innings. This list includes notables like Sunil Gavaskar, Kumar Sangakkara, Misbah Ul Haq and Rahul Dravid.

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