Kohli beats Tendulkar in becoming fastest to 10,000

Kohli beats Tendulkar in becoming fastest to 10,000

Indian skipper Virat Kohli today broke Sachin Tendulkar's record as the fastest batsman to score 10,000 one-day worldwide runs. Sachin Tendulkar who held the record so far took 259 matches to reach his landmark. He bettered his own record of 1000 runs in a year in 15 matches set in 2012 and Hashim amla's record in same number of matches in 2010. In 213 ODIs Kohli has amassed 10,076 runs with 48 half-centuries and 37 centuries at an average of 59.62. Looking at the way Kohli has accumulated the runs, it is only a matter of time before Tendulkar's all-time record is broken.

"It just tells me that if you stay focussed on the process and stay focussed on the right things then these things become irrelevant after a while", Kohli said after the second one-day global against the Windies.

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He is just the 13th batsman, and fifth Indian, to join the elite list. "You still have to work hard for every run that you score at the worldwide level", Kohli said in a candid chat on BCCI.TV.

"It's an incredible achievement by Virat to complete 10,000 runs ODI before he is even 30 years old". However, Kohli has certainly taken this generation of cricket to a different level. He is now the world's No.1 batsman in both the Test and one-day formats.

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Kohli has made a habit of breaking Tendulkar's records recently. During the period after he started opening the batting, Tendulkar scored a hundred every 6.86 innings when batting in the top four, compared to other top-four batsmen who scored one every 24.7 innings.

West Indies required 66 from the last 12 overs and appeared comfortably placed to tie the series at 1-1 but ended up needing 14 off fast bowler Umesh Yadav's final over and then five with the final delivery.

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