Bangalore, Oct 31: When India and Sri Lanka begin their five-match ODI series on Sunday (November 2) in Cuttack, all eyes will be on captain Virat Kohli as he has a chance to break Sir Vivian Richards' record.
The selectors have chosen Kohli as the skipper for the first three ODIs after resting regular leader MS Dhoni.
Kohli, who returned to form against West Indies with a century in Dharamsala on October 17, needs 121 more runs to complete 6,000 ODI runs.
The 25-year-old right-hander, who equalled Richards in being the fastest to 5,000 runs, now has a chance to surpass the West Indian great to the 6,000-run club. Kohli matched Richards on November 21, 2013.
So far, Kohli has amassed 5,879 runs (20 tons, 31 fifties) in 141 matches (133 innings). He has 8 more innings to match Richards record. With the Delhi boy back in form, he is all set to score the remaining 121 runs in less than 8 visits to the crease and claim the record.
Both Kohli and Richards took 114 innings to reach 5,000 runs. Richards needed 141 innings (156 matches) to reach 6,000-run milestone. He achieved the feat in 1989, against Pakistan in Brisbane.
Former captain Sourav Ganguly is the fastest Indian to 6,000 runs, scoring in 147 runs. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar took 170 innings to the milestone.
Kohli could break Richards' record on Sunday in Cuttack and during the course of the five-match series which ends on November 16 in Dhoni's hometown - Ranchi.
Fastest to 6,000 ODI runs
- Vivian Richards - 141 innings
- Sourav Ganguly - 147
- AB de Villiers - 147
- Matthew Hayden - 154
- Brian Lara - 155