Kohli’s record breaking fastest 11th thousand
India and Pakistan, the arch-rival politically, socially and also in their every matchup in every sporting events they face each other. In one such matchup of World Cup Cricket 2019’s group stage match, India has beaten Pakistan by 89 runs(DLS). That match was billed to be one of the most viewed match of history and in that very match, Indian Captain Virat Kohli touched the milestone of 11 thousand runs. Kohli stood up to the challenge against their arch rival and delivered what was required of him. Scoring 77 runs of 65, before walking off the pitch, caught by Sarfaraz Ahmed bowled by Mohammad Amir.
Virat Kohli is a right-handed batsman, debuted in ODI against Srilanka on Aug 18, 2008, when he was just 19 years old and in Test as a member of the touring Indian team vs West Indies, on Jun 20, 2011. Before starting his senior career, he started his youth career for Delhi under-15 team in 2002; he also looked over, as the captain, the victorious Indian team in the under 19 World Cup held in Malaysia in 2008. In the domestic cricket Kohli plays for Delhi, debut his first-class career vs. Tamil Nadu in 2006 and plays for the Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, a T20 formatted tournament.
Kohli broke the previous record of Sachin Tendulkar of fastest 11th thousand runs, in only 222 innings, which Tendulkar made in 276 matches. He became the third Indian to score 11 thousand runs, after Tendulkar and ‘Dada’ Sourav Ganguly and overall ninth player to reach the milestone. Kohli also holds the record of scoring the fastest 10 thousand ODI century. Kohli’s ODI average is 59.71 in a total of 235 matches at 93.04 strike rate. He scored 41 centuries and 54 half centuries in ODI. He reached his 11th thousand mark flicking Pakistani bowler Hasan Ali down the fine leg for a four while reaching his innings score to 60. Other members of 11th thousand club are Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Jack Kallis, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Sourav Ganguly.
Many promising and star played reach their pinnacle, some get lost before getting to that point, some fade away after reaching heights in their career, but few remain consistent and achieve greatness. Virat Kohli started off since 2008, in just 11 years he had not only been consistent throughout his career but also as a veteran remain the same fruitful, even better in his performance and achievements. We wish him his coming years to be even better than his previous ones and hope he enjoys his matches along with his audience and fans.