On Sunday, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Kohli become the fastest batsman to score 6,000 ODI runs. The right-hander reached the milestone in his 136th innings (144 matches), bettering Richards' record by 5 innings. (Kohli blows a kiss to Anushka)
Richards needed 141 innings (156 matches) to reach the 6,000-run mark. He achieved the feat in 1989, against Pakistan in Brisbane.
The Delhi boy had started the 3rd ODI needing 50 runs to complete 6,000 runs. He reached his half century and helped India take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Kohli was dismissed for 53 (61 balls, 4x4, 1x6). India won the match by 6 wickets, successfully chasing 243. Kohli is the 8th Indian to cross 6,000 runs.
Last year, the 26-year-old had equalled Richards in being the fastest to 5,000 runs. Kohli had matched Richards for 5,000 runs, on November 21, 2013. Both Kohli and Richards took 114 innings to reach 5,000 runs.
Former captain Sourav Ganguly was the previous fastest Indian to 6,000 runs, scoring in 147 innings. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar took 170 innings to the milestone. However, Tendulkar is the youngest to reach 6,000, scoring at the age of 24 years, 264 days.
Former India batsman VVS Laxman congratulated Kohli, via Twitter. He said more records were to be broken by this "outstanding talent".
"Congrats to @imVkohli to become the quickest to reach 6000runs. More records to be broken from this outstanding talent," Laxman wrote.
Congrats to @imVkohli to become the quickest to reach 6000runs. More records to be broken from this outstanding talent.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 9, 2014
Fastest to 6,000 ODI runs
- Virat Kohli - 136 innings
- Vivian Richards - 141
- Sourav Ganguly - 147
- AB de Villiers - 147
- Matthew Hayden - 154
- Brian Lara - 155