Virat Kohli on Sunday broke MS Dhoni’s world record to become the fastest captain ever to 5000 ODI runs. He achieved the feat during the series decider against Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.
While Kohli achieved the feat in his 82nd innings as the captain of the Indian team, Dhoni took 127 innings to reach the milestone. Australia’s Ricky Ponting stands third in the elite list comprising of Graeme Smith and Sourav Ganguly.
Fastest to 5,000 ODI runs as captain:
- Virat Kohli (IND) – 82 innings
- MS Dhoni (IND) – 127 innings
- Ricky Ponting (AUS) – 131 innings
- Graeme Smith (SA) – 135 innings
- Sourav Ganguly (IND) – 136 innings
- Mohammad Azharuddin (IND) – 151 innings
- Arjuna Ranatunga (SL) – 157 innings
- Stephen Fleming (NZ) – 168 innings
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2020
Talking about the match, Indian bowlers staged an excellent comeback after the fourth-wicket partnership of 127 runs between Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Following the latter’s departure after his maiden half-century, the Aussies managed to score only 113 runs in the last 19.3 overs despite Steve Smith’s ninth ODI ton (131 off 132 balls).
Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers for India with four wickets for 63 runs.