1. ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli quickest cricketer to score 8000 ODI runs

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli quickest cricketer to score 8000 ODI runs

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: During his knock of 96, Virat Kohli became the quickest cricketer to score 8,000 ODI runs

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 16, 2017 10:21 AM
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As India defeated Bangladesh in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy on Thursday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli broke yet another record. During his knock of 96, Virat Kohli became the quickest cricketer to score 8,000 ODI runs. It took Virat Kohli 175 innings to reach the landmark and he went ahead of South African captain AB de Villiers who reached 8,000 ODI runs in 182 innings. Among the Indian batsmen, Sourav Ganguly (200 innings) and Sachin Tendulkar (210 innings) are now third and fourth on the list. At the start of his innings, Virat Kohli needed 88 runs to reach the milestone and he did it with a single off Sabbir Rahman.

After the match, Virat Kohli was full of praises for Kedar Jadhav who picked up two crucial wickets for India in the middle-overs. “Wickets were honestly a bonus as Hardik went for a few in his first three. So we wanted to give him a bit of a break and cover up overs through Kedar and with one left-handed batsman (Tamim), we knew that he had the ability to get in two, three, dot balls to the left-hander every over. But it ended up changing the whole game for us,” an elated Kohli said after the match.

However, the Indian captain didn’t take the entire credit for the move. “Yeah, when moves like this pay off, I won’t take the whole credit. Obviously, I asked MS, as well, and we both decided that Kedar is a good option at the moment, and he bowled really well. Credit to him. Kedar doesn’t bowl much in the nets, but he is a smart cricketer. He knows where the batsmen get troubled, and if you can think like a batter when you are bowling, it’s obviously a bit of an advantage to any bowler. So I think that today he executed plans perfectly,” the 28-year-old added.

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