>A gentle push to mid-on and Virat Kohli completed 10,000 runs in ODIs against the West Indies as the crowds wildly cheered in Vishakhapatnam this Wednesday evening. In the next half an hour or so, Virat would go on to score his 37th ODI century as well. The manner in which the Indian skipper went about his business is ample proof that Kohli’s hunger for runs remains undiminished. The only worthy comparison is now with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Yet Virat is ahead of the master blaster in every metric except age when it comes to making or breaking ODI records.
Sachin was only 24 days away from his 28th birthday when he completed 10,000 runs in March 2001. Virat who just reached the five-figure mark will turn 30 on November 5. But when one compares the number of Innings taken to reach the landmark, Sachin played 259 innings while Virat needed only 205 innings. In 2013, Virat was joint second-fastest to reach 5,000 runs in 114 innings, but he hasn’t looked back since then. He has been the fastest to reach 8,000, 9,000 and now 10,000 ODI runs. In a span of five years (2013-2018), Virat has doubled his runs in just 91 innings.
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After completing 10,000 ODI runs, @imVkohli scores his 37th ODI century and second in a row in this series. India 253/5 in 43.5 overs.
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Though Sachin played 463 ODIs, he hit a purple patch after switching as an opener in ODIs scoring 8,527 runs in his last 200 innings at an average of 48.17 compared to his overall average of 44.83. As for Virat, the last two years alone have seen him hit 11 centuries and 12 half centuries with an average of over 90. If Virat can remain injury-free, he is on course to be the only cricketer who can better Tendulkar in this format of the game.
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