Virat Kohli Breaks Ricky Ponting’s World Record in 3rd T20I against Sri Lanka

virat kohli breaks ricky ponting's world record

Virat Kohli is the gem player in the Indian Cricket team. He is the one who can very well manage the team, play without pressure while heading the team as a captain. In a way, we can say he can soundly balance the entire Cricket platform. Skipper Virat Kohli is not new in breaking records in the shortest format of the Cricket sport and the right-hander added another major accolade to his name.

Virat Kohli’s World Records

  • During the 3rd T20I encounter against Sri Lanka in Pune on Friday (10.01.2020) Kohli became the second Indian cricketer to complete 11,000 international runs as skipper. MS Dhoni became the sixth international skipper to reach up to that mark.
  • Kohli reached the high point in the 13th over after taking a single off Lakshan Sandakan.
  • Not only as a player but also Kohli became the fastest captain to reach the milestone as he was able to achieve the target in 169 matches (196 innings).
  • Even Kohli had struck off former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who had taken 252 innings to achieve the same.
  • Virat Kohli is only the first Cricket player to reach the target of 11000 international runs as captain under 200 innings.

The other captains had to play higher innings to have reached this unique distinction and score over 11,000 international runs. Some of them are highlighted below.

Innings Played To Reach 11000 International Runs as Captain

  1. Virat Kohli – 196 innings
  2. Ricky Ponting – 252 innings
  3. Graeme Smith – 264 innings
  4. Allan Border – 316 innings
  5. MS Dhoni – 324 innings
  6. Stephen Fleming – 333 innings

Matches Played by Legend Cricket Players to raise their Run Bars

  1. Ponting – 15,440 runs in 324 matches
  2. Smith – 14,878 runs in 286 matches
  3. Fleming – 11,561 runs in 303 matches
  4. Dhoni – 11,207 runs in 332 matches
  5. Border – 11,062 runs in 271 matches.

India won the third T20I at Pune exhaustively by 78 runs to claim the three-match series 2-0. Kohli, who came on the field to bat at No.6, happened only for the 2nd time in his career after 2018 and he scored 27 in 17 balls before getting run out, The first match was a washout.

KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan both had made the fifties and laid the foundation for India’s impressive score of 201-6 after being put on batting after Kohli at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Even the bowlers had shown the impressive output of the game, Saini, took 2 wickets in 18 bowls in the second match and led the defeat declaring 3 wickets in 28 bowls, while Thakur grabbed two wickets to go with his 22 bowls not out, off just eight deliveries.

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