India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Team India skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday achieved a unique feat as he became only the ninth Indian cricketer to make 250 appearances in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). He reached the milestone during the second ODI of the ongoing three-match series against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The 32-year-old, who made his ODI debut on August 18, 2008 against Sri Lanka, has also represented India in 86 Tests and 82 T20Is. Kohli has scored more than 21,000 international runs across formats till now.
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Overall, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for making most ODI appearances for India. Tendulkar played 463 ODIs in his stellar career in which he scored 18,426 runs with the help of 49 hundreds. Besides, he also played 200 Tests and 1 T20I scoring 15921 and 10 runs respectively.
The ‘Master Blaster’ is followed by MS Dhoni (347 ODIs), Rahul Dravid (340), Mohammad Azharuddin (334), Sourav Ganguly (308), Yuvraj Singh (301) and Anil Kumble (269) in the list of most ODI appearances by Indian players.
Overall, Tendulkar’s 463 ODI appearances are also the most by any cricketer in the history of the 50-over format. Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene played 448 ODIs and comes second in the list. Next to follow are Sanath Jayasuriya (445), Kumar Sangakkara (404), Shahid Afridi (398), Inzamam-ul-Haq (378) and Ricky Ponting (375).
Talking about the ODI appearances as a skipper, legendary wicket-keeper batsman and two-time World Cup winner MS Dhoni has led the Team India in 200 matches – the most by any Indian captain in the history of ODI cricket.
Overall, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has played the 50-over matches as captain (230). Ponting is followed by Stephen Fleming (218) and Dhoni (200) in the elite list.
Aus vs Ind 2nd ODI: Kohli becomes joint second-fastest batsman to 2000 ODI runs against Australia
Kohli became the joint-second fastest batsman to 2000 ODI runs against Australia. He achieved the feat after going past his 102nd fifty-plus score and his first at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He amassed 2000 ODI runs against the Aussies and equalled his idol Sachin Tendulkar to become the joint second-fastest to the feat.
Both Kohli and Sachin achieved the milestone in their 40th innings in the format against Australia. Rohit Sharma, who is not part of the series owing to his recovery from an injury, still stands atop having amassed 2000 runs against Australia in 37 innings.
Overall, he stands joint third on the list of fastest to 2000 ODI runs against a single opposition. His record against West Indies – in just 34 innings – stands at the top of the list.