Stats: Virat Kohli completes 8000 runs in ODI cricket at No.3 position
Virat Kohli, when he got to 20, completed 8000 runs in the ODI format while batting at No.3.
Updated - Oct 27, 2018 9:03 pm
Virat Kohli continued his streak of creating at least one record in every game in the 3rd ODI. Windies posted 283 for the loss of nine wickets in the crucial game in Pune. After Rohit Sharma’s early dismissal Kohli put on a couple of crucial stands along with Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu to bring up his third consecutive fifty-plus score of the ongoing ODI series.
Kohli, when he got to 20, completed 8000 runs in the ODI format while batting at No.3. He needed 17 runs to reach this milestone and completed it with a boundary. Kohli also accomplished 6000 ODI runs in Asia when he opened his account with a four. The Indian captain completed 8000 ODI runs at No.3 in only 154 innings making him the fastest to 8000 ODI runs at any batting position.
In terms of innings, Sachin Tendulkar was the previous fastest to 8000 runs at a position in ODI format. Tendulkar completed 8000 ODI runs as an opener in 179 innings. Other than Kohli and Sachin, no other player completed 8000 ODI runs inside 200 innings. Batting at No.3, Kumar Sangakkara took 202 innings for this feat while Ricky Ponting scored 8000 ODI runs in 212 outings.
Overall, Kohli is the 3rd to achieve this feat at No.3 after Ponting and Sangakkara. A total of seven players scored over 8000 runs while opening the innings in the ODI format. If the numbers scored at No.1 (first-strike) and No.2 (second-strike) are considered only Sachin Tendulkar ended up with 8000 ODI runs at a position other than No.3. The master blaster scored over 13000 ODI runs while taking the second strike. Sachin got to 8000 ODI runs at No.2 alone in only 162 innings; eight more than Kohli.
Quickest to 8000 runs at any position in ODI cricket: