If you are a cricket fan, you definitely love Virat Kohli. He has transformed into an all-around player, who can perform in any format of the game. Read on to find out the numerous records he has broken in 2018 and how he is already on the path to becoming one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.
Each time Virat Kohli steps onto the cricket field, it appears as though he wants to break records and etch his name in the annals of cricket. He is a prolific run-getter and great strategist. His mastery with the bat has seen him score runs prolifically, especially in the ODI format.
Virat has the uncanny ability to score centuries at will. This was evident at the recently concluded ODI series when he scored two centuries in three matches. As a result of these centuries, Virat was the highest run scorer among both teams!
From an angry, brash young cricketer, Kohli has blossomed into fine batsman that the team depends on in every format. He has proven to be a successful captain thus far, as the Indian team has been working cohesively to defeat rivals and establish their mark in all three formats of the game. Today, Virat is clubbed with exciting batsmen like Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, and Joe Root. He has transformed into a strategist, who is constantly looking at how to beat the opposition. So, it is but natural that he will break records after records to achieve his goal.
Highest Ranking Points by a Captain
Playing the ODI series against New Zealand and scoring runs at will helped Kohli regain the crown that he had lost. He once again became the ICC number one ranking batsman in one-day internationals. However, he also achieved a major feat when he did this. He raked points and took his tally to 1,460, something no captain has achieved ever in a year.
In the early part of 2018, the Men in Blue played the Proteas. It was a scintillating encounter and Kohli was instrumental in helping the Indian team win 5-1 in the ODI series. In fact, his 129 not outplayed a major role in helping the Indian team win by eight wickets in the final ODI match played at Centurion.
Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, it was the first time since 2002 that a team had won five ODI matches in a series against South Africa. The last team to do this was the Australian team. So, it is definitely a major achievement for the team as well as for Virat Kohli.
When Virat scored his unbeaten century in the final match of the ODI series, he became the first batsman ever to notch up 500 runs in a bilateral ODI series. The earlier record was held by Rohit Sharma, who had scored a total of 491 runs when the Men in Blue played Australia in 2014.
Highest Scoring ODI Captain
Playing in South Africa, Kohli also broke another record. He became the highest run scoring captain in a bilateral one-day international series. He scored an amazing 558 runs in the series against South Africa.
By doing this, he ensured he left behind other captains like George Bailey from Australia who scored 478 runs against India in 2013-14; AB de Villiers, who notched up 367 runs versus Pakistan in the 2012-13 series and then 358 runs when playing against India in the 2015-16 series; and Kane Williamson from New Zealand who scored 346 runs when playing Pakistan in 2014-15.
Thousands of Runs
The swashbuckling captain also has the distinction of amassing 7,000 runs in international cricket. He achieved this feat on 2 August 2018, and Kohli took merely 124 innings for it. The earlier record was held by Brian Lara, who had scored the same number of runs but in 164 innings.
Kohli appears to be a cricketer who loves his game and breaks records just for the fun of it! Otherwise, how would anyone explain the record-breaking spree that Kohli has embarked on? He also has the distinction of being the fastest batsman to reach 17,000 runs in international cricket. It took him 363 innings to score these runs. This was 18 innings less than Hashim Amla, who held the record prior to Kohli.
If that was not enough, Kohli has also broken another record in 2018. He has the distinction of scoring the most centuries as a captain in one-day international matches. He has a total of 13 centuries at the moment and this helped him surpass the record of Sourav Ganguly, who scored 11 centuries in ODI while he was the captain.
If these records are not enough, Virat has also broken records at 2018 VIVO IPL. As the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kohli was the leading run scorer for his team as well as in the history of the Indian Premier League. While RCB did not make a massive dent in the IPL, Kohli was on a different plane altogether. He managed to score more than 500 runs in the reason when he scored a quick-fire 48 in merely 28 balls against Kings XI Punjab. He became the first player in the history of the league to score more than 500 runs in five different seasons.
Virat Kohli is on his way to becoming a cricket legend. Many greats of cricket have said that Virat is poised to break Sachin Tendulkar’s records. Well, the way Kohli is playing, anything is possible. Kohli is hungry for success and his aggressive style of batting and captaining has come to good stead. He is breaking records after records as he competes with himself.
Presently, the Men in Blue are in England and all is not going too well for Kohli and his boys. The team has lost two consecutive test matches in the five-test series. Questions are being raised about his team selection and on-field tactics. The diehard fans of cricket are baying for his blood and would like him to step down. However, in the losses, Virat stood high and his batting was superior. So, now all eyes are on Kohli and fans are waiting to see what other records he breaks while getting his thoughts and strategies back together so that the Indian team can win the next three test matches against England.