Mohammad Hafeez congratulates Virat Kohli for his 10,000-run milestone

Kohli became the fifth Indian to score 10,000 runs in ODIs.

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Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Indian captain Virat Kohli had double delight in the second ODI against the Windies in Vishakhapatnam on Wednesday. He not only became the fastest player to score 10,000 runs, smashing his compatriot Sachin Tendulkar’s record 53 matches and 54 innings earlier, he also slammed his 37th ODI hundred in the match to inch one closer to the same Tendulkar’s record of 49.

Wishes poured in for Kohli on becoming the latest member of the elite 10k club and one among the wishers is Mohammad Hafeez, the veteran all-rounder from Pakistan. The 38-year-old cricketer not only hailed Kohli’s feat but also called him a humble human being who has gone on entertaining his fans with his skills, passion and determination.

Kohli became the fifth Indian to score 10,000 runs in ODIs with former Indian captains Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Mahendra Singh Dhoni besides Tendulkar preceding him. He took 213 matches and 205 innings to accomplish the feat while Tendulkar, the nearest to him, took 266 matches and 259 innings.

The list also has four Sri Lankans in Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan besides one Australian (Ricky Ponting), Pakistani (Inzamam-ul-Haq), South African (Jacques Kallis) and Caribbean (Brian Lara).

Here’s Hafeez’s tweet

Hafeez back in international cricket with a Test ton

Hafeez, who has over 11,000 runs in international cricket with 21 hundreds besides 240 wickets, found himself eclipsed in the recent past but made a good comeback by scoring a hundred against Australia in the just-concluded Test series in the United Arab Emirates that Pakistan won 1-0.

Hafeez was reportedly sidelined in the arrangement of the current coach Mickey Arthur but he was recalled into the side after Pakistan’s debacle in the Asia Cup held last month. He played some good cricket both with the bat and ball at home last month and also scored a double hundred for his team Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited. Hafeez has scored over 12,000 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 35.13.

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