Virat Kohli has proved it time and again that reaching milestones and breaking records is a cake walk for him. The Indian skipper with his class and textbook cricketing skills makes all his innings effortless. Ahead of the India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019 contest on Saturday, Kohli, who is yet to score a century this World Cup is a ton and a boundary away to become the fastest to score 20,000 international runs. Kohli has taken only 415 innings -- 131 in Tests, 222 in ODIs, 62 in T20Is -- to register 19,896. If he scores 104 runs against Afghanistan (who are sitting at the rock bottom of the World Cup round robin points table,) he will surpass cricketing legends Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara's current joint-record of achieving the 20,000 mark in 453 innings.
Kohli, the world number one ODI batsman (according to the ICC ratings) started his World Cup 2019 with a meagre score of 18 runs against South Africa in India's inaugural match. However, his performance has gotten exponentially better and he has scored 82 runs against Australia and 77 runs against arch-rivals Pakistan.
This world cup, Kohli already reached the milestone of becoming the fastest batsman to score 11,000 One-day International (ODI) runs after his innings of 77 against Pakistan, breaking Tendulkar's record in the process.
The Indian skipper looks in great touch ahead of the match on Saturday
Kohli, who has led the men in blue to a positive start in the World Cup 2019 in spite of injuries hovering around in the Indian dressing room. India are currently fourth in the World Cup 2019 points table and will look to add two points to their account after securing a win against Afghanistan to move up the points table.
The World Cup 2019 has not been a happy outing for many of the teams as it has been badly affected by rain, with two matches abandoned and one rained out after a few overs were bowled, it has already become the tournament where most matches were affected by the weather in the history of the game. To fans’ relief, the weather forecast for Saturday promises no rain.