10 years of Virat Kohli in international cricket: 17675 runs, 57 hundreds

first_imgIt’s a do-or-die affair for India against England at Trent Bridge as they go in to the match trailing the hosts 2-0 in the five-match Test series. But it’s a special day for India captain Virat Kohli, on a personal note, as it was on this day exactly 10 years ago he made his international debut for India.It was in 2008 against Sri Lanka at Dambulla that Kohli made his ODI debut. A 19-year-old Kohli had partnered Gautam Gambhir at the top of the order but managed only 12 off 22 balls as India were shot out for 146 in the first match of the series against Sri Lanka. The hosts gunned down the target with eight wickets to spare.However, Kohli has come a long way since then. The Delhi cricketer has arguably been the biggest batting star in the last decade. Kohli now has 35 ODI centuries to his name and only Sachin Tendulkar (49) have more than him.The 29-year-old also has the most hundreds while chasing. Tendulkar had held the record for years with 17 tons in 232 innings while Kohli took a mere 102 innings to surpass the Master Blaster’s record. Kohli has scored 19 centuries in successful chases. In 211 ODIs, Kohli has scored 9779 runs at an average of 58.20 and with a trike rate of 92.12. His records in other two formats are equally impressive. Kohli has amassed 5794 runs in 68 Test matches at an average of 53.64. And 2102 runs in 62 T20Is at an average of 48.88 and with a strike rate of 136.22.For a short while, he also happened to be the only batsman to average over 50 in all three formats.advertisementKohli has smashed six double centuries as captain in Test cricket and is the only player to do so.While his batting has been out of this word, Kohli’s captaincy record has also been equally impressive. Kohli took over as India’s Test captain in 2004 after MS Dhoni retired from the longer format.He has captained India in 37 Test matches ahead of Trent Bridge match, with India winning 21 of them. He has suffered only seven losses and nine matches ended in a draw.Under his captaincy, India won nine successive Test series as Kohli equalled Ricky Ponting’s record of the most successive series wins as captain. The winning spree came to an end in South Africa earlier this year as India lost the series by 2-1.The streak began in 2015 as India went to Sri Lanka and beat the islanders 2-1 in Kohli’s first full series as captain.Next up, they defeated South Africa 3-0 at home before beating West Indies 2-0 in their own den.Thereafter, began a sensational run at home during which they defeated New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. India again travelled to Sri Lanka in 2017 and whitewashed them 3-0. On the return trip to India, Kohli led from the front with 610 runs as the hosts won the three-match series 1-0.In 52 ODIs under Kohli’s captaincy, India have won 39 and lost 12. One match finished without a result.Kohli has also led India to 11 T20Is victories in 17 matches as a captain. India have lost six 20-over matches under his leadership.last_img

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