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Stats: Virat Kohli hits 1000 fours consuming fewest innings

Meanwhile, the Indian captain also became the quickest to 9000 International runs as captain in the same innings.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The Indian captain Virat Kohli is unparalleled in not just the modern era even when considering all limited-overs legends combined. It’s almost needless to say that all kinds of One-Day International records in batting are under the threat of Virat Kohli breaking them whenever he dons the Indian jersey. Such is the aura of the Indian skipper whenever he sets foot on the field. With over 11,000 runs in the ODI format at a gigantic average of over 60, Kohli is just unstoppable.

On Tuesday, March 5, he completed 1000 fours in his ODI career so far thus being the fastest batsman to do so. In India’s total of 250 all out, in 48.2 overs, Virat registered 116 runs which included 10 boundaries. At Nagpur, while other batsmen were stuttering in their performance the India captain stood up and was able to surprise us once again. It’s fair to say that he scores centuries like most batsmen score runs in cricket. With utmost ease and an astonishing regularity.

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Speaking of records, Kohli also became only the second player in ODI cricket history to score 40 centuries, second to only the great Sachin Tendulkar of course. The Master Blaster has 49 ODI hundreds to his name. However, King Kohli was able to complete this feat in 139 innings lesser than that of Tendulkar. Only the almighty would know what do the next 139 innings have in store for captain Kohli.

Meanwhile, the Indian captain also became the quickest to 9000 International runs as captain in the same innings at the VCA stadium. Achieving this feat in 159 innings he bettered the record of Ricky Ponting, who has completed the same feat in as many as 204 innings. Apart from Kohli, only MS Dhoni is the other Indian captain to have this milestone to his name.

Coming to the record of the fastest to 1000 fours in ODIs, Kohli went past Virender Sehwag’s record. While it took 221 innings for Viru to reach 1000 fours, Kohli did the same in 216 innings. It is rather surprising that they actually took lesser innings than the “Universe Boss Chris Gayle (243 innings) the for reaching this feat. Only twelve batsmen are a part of this exclusive club of 1000 or more fours. Besides Kohli and Virender Sehwag, only Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have their names recognized in this club.

Here are the batsmen fastest to 1000 fours in ODI cricket:

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(Stats as on March 5, 2019)

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