Virat Kohli finishes 2017 with 2818 international runs
Wednesday 6th of December 2017
Virat Kohli finished 2017 with a staggering 2818 international runs across international formats. The India captain scored 1059 runs in 10 Tests, 1460 runs in 26 ODIs and 299 runs in 10 T20 Internationals.
The 29-year-old hammered 11 hundreds including three double centuries (one vs Bangladesh and two vs Sri Lanka). He has been rested from the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka and will now play for India only from January 5 when the first Test against South Africa gets underway.
Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara (2868) holds the record for most international runs in a calendar year. Former Australian batsman Ricky Ponting, who had amassed 2833 runs in 2005 is second in the list. Kohli is third.
The dynamic Indian captain is likely to finish the year as the highest run-scorer in ODIs unless Rohit Sharma has an outstanding series against Sri Lanka this month. Currently, Kohli is also the third highest-run scorer in Test cricket in 2017.
Kohli has had a sensational run in ODIs through the year, beginning with his hundred against England. He was in fine form in the Champions Trophy, got runs in West Indies and then against Australia and New Zealand at home.
In the course of a dominant year for India, Kohli also went past Ricky Ponting and is now second in the list of century scorers in ODIs. The Delhi dasher has 32 hundreds and many experts feel he would be able to get close to Sachin Tendulkar's 49 tons in the format.
Kohli now has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket.
On Tuesday, Kohli became the only Indian to aggregate over 600 runs in a single Test series for the third time. Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid had achieved the feat twice.
Kohli broke a plethora of records during the Test series against Sri Lanka and became only the second Indian batsman after Vinod Kambli to score two consecutive double hundreds.
Source : http://indiatoday.intoday.in/