Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli is going to break all major records of batting in the world of cricket, one by one, and nobody can deny that seeing his current form. The ongoing tour of South Africa witnessed Kohli reaching new milestones almost every single day and now he is heading towards a record which has only been matched once by West Indian cricket great Vivian Richards and even the great Sachin Tendulkar couldn’t match the feat. The record is to amass more than 1000 runs in a tour and Kohli is on brink of overhauling it in the current series.
Kohli has scored 558 runs in 6 ODI matches in the Rainbow Nation and before that, he scored 286 runs in the Test series. The first T20I saw the 29-year-old scored 26 runs, which brings his aggregate total to 870 runs (558 + 286 + 26), with two 20-20 internationals yet to be played. If the Indian captain, who is arguably one of the greatest batsmen in limited overs cricket in history, scores 130 or more runs in the remaining matches, he will reach the 1000-run tally from the tour.
After the legendary Vivian Richards scored 1045 runs during West Indies tour of England in 1976, Kohli will only be the second batsman in history to reach the 4-figure mark. Richards had scored 829 runs in Tests and 216 runs in ODIs 42 years ago.
Based on Kohli’s current form, it seems that he can go ahead and match Richards’ record, but when it comes out beating him – by scoring 1046 runs – it looks highly unlikely considering the remaining matches are only T20Is and to score 176 runs in them will be highly unlikely. Nevertheless, you can never write Kohli off a record.
Kohli’s 558 in the ODI series against South Africa has already earned him the record of most number of runs in a 50-over series, overhauling Rohit Sharma’s tally of 491 runs and it seems that another major milestone is right around the corner.
The name Virat Kohli and records are synonymous to each other and while chasing Sachin Tendulkar’s ‘hundred 100s’ remains the ultimate milestone, former Indian cricketer Gundappa Viswanath believes the Delhi-lad will eventually overhaul that record as well.
“Kohli has shown consistency, performance and is getting hundreds regularly, he has got every chance to break that record, but it’s a tall order. Records are eventually meant to be broken. I am happy for that and I think even Sachin will be happy. But it is still a long way to go,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
The next two T20Is between South Africa and India will be played at Centurion – February 21 – and at Cape Town – February 24.