India skipper Virat Kohli is on the verge of adding a fresh feather into his already illustrious cap in the ongoing edition of the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Kohli is just 57 runs away from becoming the fastest player in the history of the game to cross 11,000 run-mark in ODIs. (Full Coverage of ICC World Cup 2019)
Kohli could’ve achieved the feat in their third World Cup group stage match against New Zealand in Nottingham, but it was called off due to rain. The swashbuckling Delhi batsman will now get a chance to do so against Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday.
Sachin Tendulkar holds the current record as he crossed the 11000-run mark in 276 innings. Ricky Ponting did so in 286 innings while Sourav Ganguly achieved it in 288 innings. Kohli will also become only the third Indian and ninth cricketer in the world to get to 11000 ODI runs after Tendulkar and Ganguly.
Kohli, who already holds the record for being the fastest to 10000 ODI runs, currently has 10943 runs in 221 innings. Also, if Kohli manages to score at least 57 runs in the next match, then he will also become the first to take less than 11 years to complete the feat.
Kohli has every chance of climbing to the 8th spot in all-time ODI run scorers’ chart toppling Ganguly, who has 11363 runs to his name, if he has a good World Cup.