Bengaluru, January 19: India captain Virat Kohli surpassed his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni to become the fastest batsman to 5000 one-day international runs.
The aggressive right-handed batsman completed the milestone in the third and deciding ODI against Australia on Sunday (January 19). Kohli, who took over the captaincy in January 2017, completed in just 82 innings to leapfrog MS Dhoni, who took 127 innings.
Prior to Kohli, Dhoni was the fastest to this club while former Australia captain Ricky Ponting touched the milestone in 131 innings.
Fastest to 5,000 ODI runs as captain:— Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) January 19, 2020
Virat Kohli (IND) - 82 innings
MS Dhoni (IND) - 127
Ricky Ponting (AUS) - 131
Graeme Smith (RSA) - 135
Sourav Ganguly (IND) - 136
Mohammad Azharuddin (IND) - 151
Arjuna Ranatunga (SL) - 157
Stephen Fleming (NZ) - 168#INDvAUS 🇮🇳
Kohli also completed 7000 ODI runs while chasing and that too was the fastest. Kohli took just 133 innings to touch this milestone. The 31-year-old also had 100 50-plus scores in the ODIs in 236 innings, which is also the fastest.
Virat Kohli today.....— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 19, 2020
5000 ODI runs as captain (fastest in 82 innings)
7000 ODI runs in chases (fastest in 133 innings)
100 scores of 50+ in ODIs (fastest in 236 innings)#INDvAus
Earlier in the day, Kohli's deputy in the limited-overs, Rohit Sharma, became the third-fastest to 9000 ODI runs. Rohit reached the milestone in the first over of India's chase with a double.
Rohit took 217 innings to reach the landmark while his skipper Virat Kohli is the fastest to 9000 runs with 194 innings. AB de Villiers is the second fastest, having reached there in 208 innings.
Besides Rohit and Kohli, the other Indians who have crossed the 9000-run mark are Sachin Tendulkar (18,426 runs), Sourav Ganguly (11,221), Rahul Dravid (10,768) Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10,599) and Mohammed Azharuddin (9,378).