Kohli – the fastest to 12,000 ODI runs

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    Virat Kohli during the just concluded ODI series against Australia (Photo credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

    India’s Virat Kohli has become the fastest player to 12,000 ODI runs, surpassing the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.

    In the final match against Australia, he made 63 as India put up 302/5 – Hardik Pandya made 92 not out.

    Australia were bundled out for 289 as Shardul Thakur took three wickets.

    Shardul Thakur (Photo credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

    Kohli’s half-century leaves him with 12,040 ODI runs at an average of 59.31, including 43 centuries and 60 half-centuries.

    It has taken the India captain 242 innings to get to the 12K milestone – faster than Tendulkar (300 innings), Ponting (314 innings), Kumar Sangakkara (336 innings), Sanath Jayasuriya (379 innings) and Mahela Jayawardene (399 innings).

    Kohli is 32-years-old and has a much better batting average than those with more ODI runs than him:

    1. Sachin Tendulkar [IND]: 452 innings | 18,426 runs | Ave: 44.83
    2. Kumar Sangakkara [SL]: 380 innings | 14,234 runs | Ave: 41.98
    3. Ricky Ponting [AUS]: 365 innings | 13,704 runs | Ave: 42.03
    4. Sanath Jayasuriya [SL]: 433 innings | 13,430 runs | Ave: 32.36
    5. Mahela Jayawardene [SL]: 418 innings | 12,650 runs | Ave: 33.37
    6. Virat Kohli [IND]: 242 innings | 12,040 runs | Ave: 59.31

    This has lead to speculation that it’s only a matter of time before Kohli surpasses most, if not all, ahead of him on the list of top ODI run scorers.