India’s ODI vice-captain Virat Kohli made history during India's third ODI against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The dapper batsman has been in heyday form against Australia and scored 91 and 59 in the first two ODIs. He needed only 19 runs today to befall AB de Villiers, who reached the landmark in 172 matches and 166 innings. Importantly, in 2014, South African star AB de Villiers cracked Sourav Ganguly’s long-standing record to 7,000 ODI runs.
Later, he also reached a 24th ODI century, off 105 balls. This was Kohli’s 169th ODI match and he required just 19 runs to get into 7000 ODI run scorers list and also he got this accomplishment within 8 years.
Kohli’s 7000 runs include 24 hundreds and 36 fifties. India’s captain MS Dhoni 52.01, Proteas’ Captain AB de Villiers 51.23 and Virat Kohli 51.10 are the only international batsmen to cross 7000 ODI runs with an average of 50+.
Kohli has previously held or shared the record for the fastest player to 5000 and 6000 ODI runs, only for the prolific South African star Hashim Amla to surpass him on both occasions. While, Kohli has again cruised past De Villiers' record, he's unlikely to hold the title for much longer; as the South African cricketer remains well on track to take the record for him. But till then, all the Indian cricket lovers must take a bow as the Indian Cricket Team’s run machine has become the fastest to reach the milestone.