Fastest to Score 26,000 International Runs
Indian cricket icon, Virat Kohli, has set a new record as the fastest batter to score 26,000 runs in men’s international cricket. He achieved this feat in 33 fewer innings than the previous record holder, Sachin Tendulkar.
One Century Away from Tendulkar’s Record
More importantly, Kohli’s recent century in Pune has brought him within striking distance of Tendulkar’s record for the most centuries in One Day International (ODI) cricket. With his 48th ton in the format, Kohli could potentially surpass Tendulkar’s record of 49 centuries during the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.
Unmatched Century Numbers
No other player in cricket history comes close to the century numbers of Kohli and Tendulkar. Rohit Sharma, who is third on the all-time list, has scored 31 centuries. Kohli’s impressive 103* in the recent match saw him reach triple figures with a six, which also clinched the match.
Leading Batter in ODI
At 34, Kohli has cemented his status as one of the world’s leading batters in ODI cricket. No other current player, regardless of nationality, has scored as many ODI runs as Kohli, whose tally now stands at 13,342.
Only Four Players Scored More
Only four players in cricket history have scored more runs than Kohli: Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430), Ricky Ponting (13,704), Kumar Sangakkara (14,234), and Tendulkar (18,426). However, all these players took significantly more matches to reach their respective tallies.