On Monday, Virat Kohli of India achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the fastest cricketer to reach 13,000 runs in One Day Internationals (ODIs), surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
This milestone was reached by Kohli at the age of 34, in his 267th ODI innings, during the Asia Cup Super 4 match against Pakistan at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium on Monday.
During the game, which was affected by rain, India was at 147/2 in 24.1 overs after being asked to bat by Pakistan. Kohli, who was at 8 runs when play was interrupted by rain the previous day, resumed his innings alongside KL Rahul, who was unbeaten on 17 runs off 28 balls.
Fastest to 13000 ODI runs.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 11, 2023
Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian cricketing legend, had taken 321 ODI innings to reach the 13,000-run milestone. Following Tendulkar, the list included former Australian captain Ricky Ponting (341 innings), and the Sri Lankan pair of Kumar Sangakkara (363 innings) and Sanath Jayasuriya (416 innings).
In the overall list of leading run-scorers in ODIs, Kohli stands fifth. He follows Tendulkar (18,426 runs), Sangakkara (14,234 runs), Ponting (13,704 runs), and Jayasuriya (13,430 runs) in terms of total runs scored in the 50-over format.
Furthermore, Kohli occupies the fifth position in the prestigious list of players with the most international runs. He has accumulated a total of 25,600 runs across various formats. Tendulkar (34,357 runs), Sangakkara (28,016 runs), Ponting (27,483 runs), and former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene (25,957 runs) are ahead of Kohli on this list.