Mushfiqur Rahim applauds ‘Sir’ Virat Kohli for getting to 10,000 ODI runs
It took Kohli only 11 innings to get from 9,000 to 10,000 ODI runs.
Updated - Oct 25, 2018 11:15 am
Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim congratulated India skipper Virat Kohli for storming into the elite club of batsmen with more than 10,000 ODI runs. On Wednesday morning, as India prepared to take on the Windies in the second ODI at Visakhapatnam, Kohli was 81 runs away from the staggering milestone. The captain was fresh from a marvellous 140 in the first game and was expected to break into the 10K club at Vizag.
India won the toss and elected to bat first, and once again the captain found himself out in the middle early on in the innings. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma did not last long at the crease, and Kohli then began to repair the damage along with Ambati Rayudu. Although he started cautiously, he went into overdrive shortly after going past his half-century. By the time he’d notched up his 37th ODI ton, Virat Kohli was virtually unstoppable. He remained unbeaten on 157, his third highest individual score in ODIs.
Kohli’s memorable single to take him to 10K
But the key moment came in the 37th over when he leisurely took a single off Ashley Nurse and raised his bat with a sigh of relief. King Kohli had not only marched into the 10K club, but he’d got there with insane numbers, beating Sachin Tendulkar‘s record by a whopping 54 innings. Only 11 innings back, he had brought up his 9000th run in the 50-overs format. But on Wednesday, Virat Kohli was the fastest man to hit the five-figure mark in 205 innings.
Countless wishes came through for cricket’s undeniable luminary. The Bangladeshi veteran wasn’t the one to miss out on the occasion either, taking to Twitter to write, “Congratulations to one and only sir virat kohli for reaching 10k runs in the blink of an eye”
Congratulations to one and only sir virat kohli for reaching 10k runs in blink of an eye 👍👍👍 pic.twitter.com/roGeE1nDY8
— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) October 25, 2018
It was a blink of an eye indeed. Records and milestones have been only fleeting images in Virat Kohli’s career so far, and the way this legend is wielding his bat out in the middle, there’s bound to be many more records entered into the annals of the sport’s history.