Virat Kohli’s Milestone: Breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s Record as Fastest to Reach 25,000 International Runs in Cricket

In international cricket, Virat Kohli has set a new record by becoming the quickest batsman to reach 25,000 runs, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record.

Virat Kohli, the renowned batsman from India, achieved a significant milestone on Sunday as he reached 25000 runs in international cricket. This remarkable feat puts him in an elite group of only six batters who have accomplished this landmark, and notably, he has achieved this distinction faster than any other player.

Virat Kohli’s home crowd at the Arun Jaitley Stadium witnessed a special moment during the second test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, as he reached this significant milestone in his cricket career.

Exhibiting impressive footwork, Kohli drove the first ball of spinner Nathan Lyon’s over towards the long-on region for a boundary during the 12th over of India’s second innings, while they were chasing a target of 115 runs.

During the first innings, Virat Kohli played a well-composed innings, scoring 44 runs off 84 deliveries.

With his latest achievement, Virat Kohli has scored a total of 25012 runs in 492 matches and 549 innings, with an impressive average of 53.55. Throughout his international cricket career, he has scored 74 centuries and 129 half-centuries, and his highest score is an unbeaten 254*.

In the Test format, Virat Kohli has played 106 matches, scoring 8195 runs at an average of 48.77, including 27 half-centuries. His highest score in this format is an unbeaten 254*.

Virat Kohli’s ODI career
Virat Kohli’s ODI career boasts an impressive record of 12809 runs scored in 271 matches at an average of 57.69. He has scored 46 centuries and 64 half-centuries in this format, with his highest score being 183.

With regards to T20I cricket, Virat Kohli has amassed a total of 4008 runs at an average of 52.73. He has also recorded one century and 37 half-centuries in this format.

Virat Kohli holds the distinction of being the fastest batter to reach the 25,000-run mark in international cricket, surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who achieved this milestone in 577 innings.

Among the record books of international cricket, Virat Kohli holds the esteemed title of being the sixth-highest run-scorer in its history.

The top five run-scorers in the history of cricket are Sachin Tendulkar of India, who holds the first place with 34,357 runs, followed by Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara with 28,016 runs, Australian batting legend Ricky Ponting with 27,483 runs, Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka with 25,957 runs, and South African all-rounder great Jacques Kallis with 25,534 runs.

Next to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli stands as India’s second-highest run-scorer, further cementing his status as one of the greatest batters to ever emerge from the country.

As for the match, India has set a target of 115 runs, putting themselves in a position to take a 2-0 series lead.

On Sunday, in the ongoing second test at Delhi’s Ferozshah Kotla, a captivating performance by the spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, with the latter taking a seven-wicket haul, resulted in Australia getting bowled out for 113 in their second innings. This has put India in a favorable position, with a target of 115 runs to chase down and an opportunity to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar trophy series.

During the lunch break, India’s scorecard displayed a score of 14/1, with the team’s skipper Rohit Sharma remaining unbeaten at 12* and Chesteshwar Pujara batting at 1* on the crease.

Seeking to build on their momentum, the Australian team resumed their innings at 61/1, with Travis Head batting at 39* and Marnus Labuschagne at 16*.

Early in the session, Ashwin made a breakthrough for the hosts by dismissing the dangerous Travis Head, who had scored 43 runs off 46 balls. This wicket reduced Australia’s score to 65/2.

After the dismissal of Head, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne took charge of the Australian innings, adding 20 runs to the total. However, Ashwin struck again, dismissing Smith for just 9 runs. As a result, Australia’s scorecard read 85/3 after 19 overs.

Subsequently, the duo of Jadeja and Ashwin wreaked havoc on the remaining Australian batting lineup, as the ball kept low and moved unpredictably off the surface.

The Australian team was eventually dismissed for a meager 113 runs in a mere 31.1 overs, with only Head and Labuschagne managing to score in double digits.

Jadeja emerged as the star performer with the ball for India, clinching 7 wickets for 42 runs in 12.1 overs, his career-best figures in Test cricket. Meanwhile, Ashwin contributed with 3 wickets for 59 runs in his spell of 16 overs.

India’s chase of 115 got off to a shaky start as opener KL Rahul, who has been struggling for form in the Test format, fell early for just 1 run. Nathan Lyon claimed his wicket, caught behind by wicketkeeper Alex Carey. As a result, India’s score stood at 6/1 after 1.1 overs.

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