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Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli break several records in a masterful partnership

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

It was a treat for the Kanpur crowd as Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli put up a masterclass in the 3rd ODI against New Zealand. The 2 right-handers got together at the fall of Shikhar Dhawan in the 7th over and that was the sole bright spot for the visitors.

Kohli and Rohit went after the bowlers and matched each other shot for shot. It was a showcase of classy batsmanship. First, Rohit got to his hundred and then Kohli achieved the landmark as well. While the opener scored 147 off 138 balls, the skipper made 113 off 106 balls as the duo added 230 runs for the 2nd wicket that propelled India to a massive 337/6 at the end of 50 overs.

The duo broke several records in the partnership. Virat Kohli became the highest run-getter as a captain in a calendar year. He now has 1460 runs from 26 innings and went past Australia’s Ricky Ponting who had scored 1424 runs in 24 innings in 2007.

Highest run-getters in a calendar year as a captain in ODIs

Player Matches Innings Runs Highest Score Average 100s 50s Year
Virat Kohli (India) 26 26 1460 131 76.84 6 7 2017
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 27 24 1424 134* 79.11 5 8 2007
Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 34 32 1373 96* 54.92 0 15 2013
Mohammad Azharuddin (India) 37 33 1268 153* 43.72 3 8 1998
Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka) 32 31 1244 139* 62.2 1 9 2014

 

The Indian captain also became the fastest to 9000 runs in ODI cricket. The 28-year-old achieved the feat in the 202nd match and 194th innings. He went past South Africa’s AB de Villiers who had gone past the landmark in 214 matches and 205 innings.

Batsmen fastest to 9000 ODI runs

Player Matches Innings
Virat Kohli (India) 202 194
AB de Villiers (South Africa) 214 205
Sourav Ganguly (India) 236 228
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 242 235
Brian Lara 246 239
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 248 242
Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 256 242
MS Dhoni (India) 281 244
Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan) 258 245
Rahul Dravid (India) 280 259

 

Rohit Sharma became the 2nd fastest to 150 sixes in ODI cricket. He reached the landmark in his 171st match and 165th innings and is only behind Pakistan’s Shahis Afridi who did that in 164 matches and 160 innings.

Quickest to 150 ODI sixes

Player Matches taken Innings taken Career sixes
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) 164 160 351
Rohit Sharma (India) 171 165 150*
AB de Villiers (South Africa) 183 176 202
Chris Cairns (New Zealand) 210 189 153
MS Dhoni (India) 215 192 213
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) 222 192 200
Chris Gayle (West Indies) 203 198 252
Sourav Ganguly (India) 234 226 190
Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) 252 244 270
Yuvraj Singh (India) 295 270 155

 

Additionally, Virat Kohli brought up 2000 international runs in 2007 and achieved the feat on the back of the same achievement in 2016. Another Indian to feature in the list is Sachin Tendulkar who had scored more than 2000 international runs in 3 consecutive years.

Batsmen with 2000 International runs in consecutive calendar years

Player Span
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 1996-1998
Matthew Hayden (Australia) 2002-2004
Michael Hussey (Australia) 2009-2010
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) 2006-2007
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 2005-2006
Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 2011-2012
Steve Smith (Australia) 2015-2016
Virat Kohli (India) 2016-2017

-Stats as of October 29, 2017

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