Virat Kohli on Friday became only the second player in the history of the game to score over 10,000 runs batting at No.3 position. During the 2nd ODI against England at Pune, the Indian skipper registered his 105th fifty-plus score (62 fifties and 43 hundreds). Eng route to the knock he completed 10,000 ODI runs and is now second only to Australian great Ricky Ponting, who had scored 12662 runs in 330 innings batting at No.3.
Kohli has opened in six ODIs scoring 161 runs. He has batted at No.1 in 192 ODIs scoring 10046 runs. At No.4 he has 1767 runs from 42 matches and No.5 he has scored 127 runs in five matches. At 6, he has scored an unbeaten 23* and 37 batting at No.7.
Here’s the list of the top-5 run-getters at ‘Number Three’ –
.Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 12662 runs in 335 matches
.VIRAT KOHLI (INDIA) – 10046* runs in 192 matches
.Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 9747 runs in 243 matches
.Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 7774 runs in 204 matches
.Kane Williamson (New Zealand) – 5421 runs in 119 matches
Earlier, Kohli had surpassed former South Africa captain Graeme Smith in the list of most ODI runs scored as captain. Needing 41 runs to surpass Smith’s ODI tally of 5416 runs in 150 ODIs as captain, Kohli got to the milestone in 50 balls. Ponting leads the list with 8497 runs in his 234 ODIs as captain, followed by MS Dhoni with 6641 runs in 200 ODIs as captain. Stephen Fleming and Arjuna Ranatunga are in the third and fourth spots.
However, Kohli has the best strike-rate and average combination in ODI cricket. He is the only one in the elite list to average more than 70+ in ODIs as captain. His strike of 98.55 is also noteworthy.
In the first ODI against England, Kohli also became only the fourth batsman to complete 5000 runs at home after Sachin Tendulkar – 6976 runs, Ricky Ponting – 5406 runs, and Jacques Kallis – 5178 runs.