The 29-year-old Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has become the fastest cricketer to complete 10,000 one-day internationals (ODI) runs, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record exactly after 17 years, 6 months and 24 days.
When he entered the pitch with his bat at the Vishakhapatnam stadium, playing against West Indies in the second ODI on Wednesday, all he needed was 81 runs to reach the landmark peak of 10,000 ODI runs. Without wasting much time, he crunched a single to long-on off part-timer Marlon Samuels to break off all previous records of the fastest 10k ODI runs in the history of cricket; but most importantly, he broke the record of his idol – Sachin Tendulkar. Although Kohli doesn’t like comparisons, it took 259 innings for Tendulkar to reach the record-breaking score – but for Kohli, it was just 205 innings.
In all these 17 years since Tendulkar stole the record from Shane Warne, 12 others including three Indian batsmen, stomped into the hallowed bracket – but what is noticed is the first and the fastest. Thus it is said, if you cannot become the first, you ought to become the fastest; and sometimes, Kohli’s continuous quest for runs seems superhumanly. With every game, Virat Kohli kept elevating his score and eventually scaling to the 10000 peak, faster than anyone else.
And the world didn’t waste time applauding the feat, among whom – first in line among all his teammates and cricketers was Sachin Tendulkar. Perhaps Kohli’s next goal would be to break the record of 18,426 ODI runs and 49 centuries – which is in clear danger now. Perhaps, from 0 to 10k was no easy journey, but what is to come in future will be an intoxicated quest for getting more than what Virat Kohli already has.