Virat Kohli, who is breaking records with ease, is catching fast with legendary Sachin Tendulkar. On day one of the fourth Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Kohli surpassed Tendulkar to add another feather to his already glowing cap. Kohli now is the fastest to reach 19,000 international runs. Though Kohli had a poor outing at SCG, he managed to break Tendulkar’s record. It took Kohli 399 innings to reach the milestone, which Tendulkar had achieved the feat in 432 innings. Virat Kohli’s Bat and Gloves Turn Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness During Ind vs Aus 4th Test at SCG
Kohli now is the fastest to 19,000 international runs followed by Tendulkar. West Indies' Brian Lara (433), Australia's Ricky Ponting (444) and South Africa's Jacques Kallis (458) complete the top five. Interestingly, Kohli is the only batsman in top five playing the game currently while rest have retired. Ind vs Aus 4th Test Live Score Updates.
Not just 19,000, Kohli in September last year was the fastest to 18,000 international runs as well. It took the Indian captain just 16 innings to race from 18k to 19k. Majority of the 19,000 runs have come in ODIs for Kohli, 10,232 to be precise, at an average of 59.83. Kohli averages over 54 in Tests as well. Cheteshwar Pujara Scores 18th Century of His Career Against Australia During Sydney Test; Joins Virat Kohli & Other Elite Indian Batsmen
Kohli is also nearing Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries (51 Tests and 49 ODIs). The current Indian skipper has 25 and 38 centuries in Tests and ODIs respectively and is tipped to break Tendulkar’s record.
Meanwhile, India finished the day one of the fourth Test on 303/4 with Cheteshwar Pujara scoring an unbeaten 130. Apart from him Mayank Agarwal, who is two Tests old, scored valuable 77 at the top. Kohli, however, managed just 23 runs as he was caught off Josh Hazlewood.