Even though Virat Kohli fell 8 runs short of his 31st ODI ton in the 2nd ODI against Australia this Thursday, the Indian skipper joined an elite club by becoming only the third Indian cricketer to score over 10,000 runs in the winning cause across all formats. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid had achieved this feat so far. The record was made only after India had won the match by 50 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. Virat Kohli has now contributed 10,059 runs in India’s wins across formats. He follows Tendulkar (17,113 runs) and Dravid (10,860 runs) on this exclusive list.
Virender Sehwag is fourth on the list with 9,372 runs while Sourav Ganguly has 9,102 runs. The impressive part is that Kohli is just 28-year-old and has already achieved this feat. Ricky Ponting tops the list of batsmen with most runs in the winning cause. The former Australian captain scored 20,140 runs across formats. He is followed by Sachin Tendulkar in the second spot, Jacques Kallis (14,827 runs), Kumar Sangakkara (14,605 runs) and Mahela Jayawardene (14,131 runs) in the overall list.
After the match, Virat Kohli was full of praise for his bowlers. “We did not feel like we had enough at the break. But we knew if we had a good start we have a good chance of defending it. We knew if we don’t take wickets it would be difficult. To be honest, the wicket was not easy to bat on throughout the day,” he said.
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“Bhuvi’s (Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s) spell became even more important because we knew the wrist-spinners would do damage in the middle. The deliveries he got the batsmen out with were unplayable. You can count on Bhuvi for getting the breakthroughs. Two young spinners bowling with a lot of heart, speaks volumes about their characters. Really augurs well for us how the team is shaping up,” he added.