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Kohli breaks Tendulkar`s record, becomes fastest player to reach 13,000 ODI runs


India stick master Virat Kohli on Monday etched his name in the annals of ODI cricket history after becoming the fastest player to reach 13,000 runs in the format.

Kohli achieved the milestone during the Asia Cup Super 4 clash against nemesis Pakistan at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The 34 year oldhe broke Sachin Tendulkar’s long-standing record in the process.

Kohli is the fifth player to achieve the landmark in men’s ODIs. Apart from Tendulkar, the other cricketers to achieve the milestone are Ricky Ponting, Sanath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene.

Tendulkar took 321 innings to reach the mark and Kohli has achieved the milestone in 267 innings. Ponting (341) and Sangakkara (363) also took over 300 innings while Jayasuriya achieved the mark in 416 innings. Kohli is also the only batsman among the five to average over 50. With 47 ODI hundreds, Kohli is just two short of Tendulkar’s tally of ODI tons.

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Earlier on Sunday, half-centuries from captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill laid the foundation for India, while the unbeaten 233-run partnership between Kohli and Rahul put the icing on the cake as the former skipper finished the match in style with a maximum.

Kohli finished his innings with an unbeaten 122, which came from 94 deliveries, while Rahul made 111 off 106 balls.

India resumed play at 147-2 on the day as rain interrupted play on Sunday. KL Rahul (17*) and Virat Kohli (8*) were at their best when play had to be suspended due to rain.

Shadab Khan won the first over of the match today and gave only four runs. Rahul and Kohli then shifted gears and continued to take singles while looking for boundaries. The duo gave Team India a steady start on the reserve day.

Pakistani bowlers tried to restrict the score but Indian players kept scoring at a steady pace.

Rahul brought up his half-century in his comeback game after returning from injury and the two put up a 100-run partnership. Rahul kept up the momentum and smashed and four as Shadab Khan conceded 14 runs.

Kohli also kept the scoreboard ticking and scored his 66th ODI fifty. The talisman brought up his half-century in 55 balls. The Pakistani bowlers had no answer to the Indian duo’s range of shots. In the final 40 overs, the Indian dup took their team’s total to 250/2.

(With agency input)

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