It has now become a common sight to see Virat Kohli break a record, every time he steps onto the pitch. And the first ODI against West Indies was just another day for the Indian skipper as he amassed 2000 runs in a calendar year.
This was Virat Kohli first game in the ODI format since the bitter-sweet tour of England. The talismanic batsman showed that he had put the disappointment of the England tour behind him, and he meant business.
Virat Kohli like he has on many occasions, came to the rescue of the Indian cricket team after they had lost opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan as early as in the second over. The swashbuckling batsman along with Rohit Sharma steered the ship for the Men in Blue, in reply to West Indies' target of 323 runs.
In an exhibition of their hard-hitting prowess, the duo brought up an incredible 100 runs partnership for the second wicket, at the time of writing. However, Kohli needed only 42 runs to reach 2000 runs mark, and he did so with incredible panache by hammering 9 boundaries and in the process bringing up yet another half-century in the ODI format.
Moreover, the Indian skipper has managed the feat for three consecutive years, which has seen him join the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Joe Root and Mathew Hayden, who have amassed the record the same number of times. By doing so, he also has achieved this feat twice as captain and equaled South African skipper Graeme Smith's record, while Ricky Ponting sits on top, achieving the scores three times as skipper.
Recently, Virat Kohli had added another feather to his illustrious cap during his knock of 45 runs on the second day of the second Test match against West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad.
The Indian run-machine now holds the record for the most runs scored by an Asian captain in Test cricket. By doing so, he has now joined an elite list featuring Sunil Gavaskar and MS Dhoni and has also surpassed Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq who was the previous holder of this record.