Stats: Virat Kohli completes 3000 runs as captain in ODI cricket
Virat Kohli completed 3000 runs in the ODI cricket as captain when he passed 12 runs in Leeds.
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Virat Kohli’s hunger for runs never dries up as the current best batsman om the world has already made twice the impact he made during his previous tour of England even before the start of the Test series. The Indian skipper recorded single digits in the Ireland T20I series but has made a crucial contribution without any big score in the 3-match T20I series against England. He had a good start to the ODI series with a 75 and followed it with another knock in the important stage of the 2nd game.
After motoring an easy chase along with the centurion Rohit Sharma in the Nottingham ODI, Kohli was needed to guide India in the 2nd ODI at Lord’s after they lost early wickets. Chasing 323 to win, India lost Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in three successive overs after a 49-run opening stand. Kohli had to bring produce his best once again in a big chase this time with Suresh Raina for company on a track that was slightly on the slower side.
With thin batting left to come, Virat Kohli and Raina ensured they didn’t take any big risks before the skipper departed having scored 45. Team India ended up on the losing side in the game by 86 runs. The series came down to the decider in Leeds where England won the toss and invited India to bat first. India lost the wicket of Rohit early who was caught in the deep trying to up the rate. Kohli, walked out to bat at No.3, raced to 13 runs in as many balls.
Thus, he completed 3000 runs in the ODI cricket as captain on the individual score of 12 runs. Kohli became the fastest to reach the milestone taking 49 innings 11 fewer than AB de Villiers who needed 60 innings for the same milestone. Earlier, Kohli had also become the fastest to complete 1000 and 2000 runs in this format as captain. He needed 17 innings for 1000 runs and 19 more for next 1000 runs. He took only 13 innings to get to 3000 from the 2000-run mark.
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