Virat Kohli Closes In On Sachin Tendulkar's ODI Record, Equals Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh's Feat

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Virat Kohli has now equaled the number of man of the series awards won by former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly and all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, as well as Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting and Hashim Amla

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Updated On:

In the recently concluded five-match ODI series between India and West Indies, which the hosts won 3-1, Virat Kohli ended up creating a number of records to continue on his path to become one of the greatest batsman in the format.

The Indian skipper helped his team win yet another series at home, scoring 453 runs in the five matches. His astonishing batting display earned him another man of the series award, a seventh overall in ODIs.

It meant that Kohli has now equaled the number of man of the series awards won by former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly and all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, as well as Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting and Hashim Amla. The only players who now stand ahead of him and yet another record are Sachin Tendulkar (15), Sanath Jayasuriya (11) and Shaun Pollock (9).

Earlier in the series, Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score three centuries on the trot in ODIs. He became the eighth batsman in the history of ODI cricket to accomplish this feat, following the likes of Zaheer Abbas, Quinton de Kock, Saeed Anwar, Ross Taylor, Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers and Kumar Sangakkara- the latter leading the way with four centuries in a row.

Prior to that, the Indian skipper had become the fastest batsman to reach the 10,000 run mark in this format. He achieved this feat in his 205th innings, overtaking his mentor Sachin Tendulkar who had reached the same number in 259 innings.

The 29-year also became the quickest player in terms of time to reach the 10k mark. In just 10 years and 68 days, he achieved this accomplishment, overtaking former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, who had achieved the similar feat in 10 years and 317 days.

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Also, Kohli's sensational 157 against West Indies at Visakhapatnam in the second ODI meant he went past 1000 runs in ODI for this calendar year in just 11 innings. It meant he overtook South Africa's Hashim Amla to become the fastest batsman to 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year. 

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