Former India skipper Virat Kohli has broken various records in international cricket in a very short span of time which no individual could have ever imagined a decade ago. Reckoned as one of the greatest batters on earth, Virat Kohli turns 35 today. He will be seen in action playing against the dangerous looking South African side at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on his birthday on November 5.
Hence in this article, we will have a look at some of the insane records broken in his career.
1. Highest run-scorer in T20Is and IPL history
Virat Kohli has been the only batter to score 4000+ runs in T20Is and 7000+ runs in IPL history. No other batter has even come closer when it comes to consistently scoring runs on field.
2. Most successful captain for India in Test cricket
Virat Kohli has been the most successful captain of India in Test cricket with 40 wins in 68 games overall.
Most wins as captain in Test cricket:
Graeme Smith - 53 (109 games)
Ricky Ponting - 48 (77 games)
Steve Waugh - 41 (57 games)
Virat Kohli - 40 (68 games)
Clive Lloyd - 36 (74 games)
Virat Kohli has won a Test series as skipper on Australian soil in 2018/19 and also, he has leveled a Test series as skipper on England soil in 2021.
3. Fastest to complete 8000, 9000, 10000, 11000, 12000 and 13000 runs in ODIs
Virat Kohli has been the fastest batter to complete 8000, 9000, 10000, 11000, 12000 and 13000 runs in ODI history. Currently, Kohli has scored 13525 runs in ODIs from 276 innings and overall, he has been the fourth highest run-scorer in ODI history overall.
Most runs in ODIs:
Sachin Tendulkar - 18426 (452 inns)
Kumar Sangakkara - 14234 (380 inns)
Ricky Ponting - 13704 (365 inns)
Virat Kohli - 13525 (276 inns)
Sanath Jayasuriya - 13430 (433 inns)
4. Has highest batting average in ODI history
Virat Kohli averages 58.04 with the bat in ODIs after playing 276 innings in his career, which is highest among all players who have played a minimum of 50 ODI matches.
Highest batting average in ODIs (min 50 ODI inns)
Virat Kohli - 58.04 (276 inns)
Babar Azam - 56.91 (113 inns)
Rassie van der Dussen - 55.67 (50 inns)
5. Youngest Indian to lift an ODI World Cup trophy
Virat Kohli at the age of 22 years and 148 days, became the youngest-ever player to win an ODI World Cup trophy with India in 2011 ODI World Cup.
Interestingly, he remains to be the only Indian to have smashed a century in his debut World Cup game.
6. Holds the record for smashing the fastest century in ODIs by an Indian
Virat Kohli smashed a 52-ball century against Australia in Jaipur in 2013, which still remains to be the fastest hundred by an Indian batsman.
Fastest century by an Indian batsman in ODIs (by balls faced)
Virat Kohli - 52b vs Australia in Jaipur, 2013
Virender Sehwag - 60b vs New Zealand in Hamilton, 2009
Virat Kohli- 61b vs Australia in Nagpur, 2013
7. Second most centuries in international and ODI cricket history
Virat Kohli has smashed 48 centuries in ODI cricket and 78 centuries in international cricket, which is most for any active player and second highest overall after Sachin Tendulkar.
Most centuries in ODIs:
Sachin Tendulkar - 49
Virat Kohli - 48
Rohit Sharma - 31
Most centuries in international cricket:
Sachin Tendulkar - 100
Virat Kohli - 78
Ricky Ponting - 71
8. Won Under-19 World Cup as captain of India in 2008
India won U-19 WC trophy in 2008 for the second time under Virat Kohli's leadership. India won six out of six games in U-19 WC 2008 to lift the trophy where Virat Kohli was seen scoring 235 runs with the bat in six innings and also picked four wickets with the ball.
9. Only player to have scored 1000-plus ODI runs in a calendar year 8 times
Virat Kohli has scored 1000-plus ODI runs in his career in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 and in 2023. This feat also makes him the only player to have scored 1000-plus ODI runs in a calendar year eight times overall.
10. Only batsman to have smashed 10 centuries against an opponent in ODIs
Virat Kohli has been the only batsman to have smashed 10 centuries against a single opposition team in ODI history.
Most centuries against an opposition in ODIs:
Virat Kohli - 10 vs Sri Lanka
Sachin Tendulkar - 9 vs Australia
Virat Kohli - 9 vs West Indies
Sachin Tendulkar - 8 vs Sri Lanka
Virat Kohli - 8 vs Australia
Rohit Sharma - 8 vs Australia