Melbourne, Jan 17: India's star batsman and vice-captain Virat Kohli scaled another high in his international career as he broke South African AB de Villiers' batting record during the 3rd ODI against Australia here today. (Watch Kohli say 'have smashed you enough' to Faulkner)
On Sunday (January 17), at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Kohli completed 7,000 runs in ODIs and claimed a record. He reached the milestone in 161 innings (169th match), the fastest (in terms of innings taken) in the world. (Kohli-led Indian team becomes No. 1)
The record was in De Villiers' name after he had scored 7,000 runs in the 50-over format in 166 innings. Today, the 27-year-old Kohli bettered the mark by 5 innings.
Kohli started the 3rd ODI needing 19 runs to reach the landmark. Having arrived at the crease at his usual number 3 spot at the early fall of Rohit Sharma (6), Kohli went past the 7,000-run mark in the 10th over of the innings.
He reached there with a boundary off left-arm paceman James Faulkner. Kohli batted on to register his 24th ODI century. However, the hosts beat India by 3 wickets to claim the series 3-0 with still 2 games remaining.
Fastest to 7,000 ODI runs (Top 5)
Virat Kohli (India) - 161 innings (Year - 2016)
AB de Villiers (South Africa) - 166 (2014)
Sourav Ganguly (India) - 174 (2001)
Brian Lara (West Indies) - 183 (2001)
Desmond Haynes (West Indies) - 187 (1991)