It has been eleven years since Virat Kohli made his One-day international debut and the Indian skipper has already made a place for himself among the legends of the game. The right-handed batsman is widely regarded as the best cricketer in the world and is currently the number one ranked ODI batsman according to ICC in the world.
The skipper's journey from when he began his career for the Men in Blue under the wings of Captain Cool MS Dhoni to becoming a successful skipper of the Indian team has been groundbreaking and spectacular. With consistency in skill and performance, the Indian skipper is easily the most respected cricketer in the world and he is after breaking records, those being held by legends of the game for a very long time.
Indian captain Virat Kohli became the first batsman to score 20,000 international runs in a single decade, the incredible stat providing another reflection of his greatness. Kohli has aggregated 20,502 runs across three formats out of which he has scored 20,018 in the ongoing decade.
The batting maestro achieved the feat on the way to his match-winning hundred, his 43rd in the format, against the West Indies in the third ODI on Wednesday. Kohli made his Test and T20 Internationals debut in 2010. He had already scored 484 runs in ODI cricket after making his debut in 2008.
Australia's former skipper Ricky Ponting held the record for scoring most international runs in a decade with 18,962 to his credit in the 2000s. Former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis is on the third position with 16,777 runs in the 2000s.
Sri Lankan legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are fourth and fifth on the list of most runs scored in a decade with 16304 and 15999, respectively. Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar is sixth with 15962 runs in the 2000s while his teammate Rahul Dravid is seventh with 15853.
Netizens celebrated 11 years of Virat Kohli by taking to Twitter to show their love for their favourite cricketer and wish him success for the future. Read some of the wishes here: