Indian star batsman Virat Kohli added another feather to his illustrious cap on Sunday by becoming India’s leading run-scorer in ICC white-ball tournaments, moving ahead of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
Kohli achieved this record during India’s World Cup match against Australia at Chennai’s iconic Chepauk stadium. With India precariously placed at 2/3 in their chase of 200, Kohli rose to the occasion, scoring a determined 85 off 116 deliveries. He forged a vital 165-run partnership with KL Rahul, ensuring India’s win.
A deep dive into Kohli’s numbers reveals his exceptional consistency across all ICC white-ball events:
- ODI World Cups: 1,115 runs in 27 matches, averaging 48.47.
- ICC Champions Trophy: 529 runs in 13 matches, averaging an astounding 88.16.
- ICC T20 World Cups: 1,141 runs in 27 matches, an average of 81.50, making him the highest run-scorer in the T20 WC history.
In total, Kohli has amassed 2,785 runs in ICC white-ball competitions, from 67 matches and 64 innings, with an impressive average of 66.30.
For comparison, Sachin Tendulkar, who didn’t feature in T20 World Cups, remains a dominant force in ODI World Cup history, having scored 2,278 runs in 45 matches, with the best score of 152. In the Champions Trophy, he scored 441 runs. Overall, Tendulkar has 2,719 runs at an average of 52.28 in ICC white-ball events.
The contest against Australia was a nail-biter. The Australian innings saw commendable performances from David Warner and Steve Smith. However, India’s bowling brigade, led by the spin trio of Jadeja, Yadav, and Ashwin, along with pacers Bumrah, Siraj, and Pandya, dismantled the Aussie lineup for just 199. In the subsequent chase, despite initial hiccups, the Kohli-Rahul partnership ensured India’s triumphant march.