Kohli fastest to 7,000 runs and 24 centuries in ODIs

Virat Kohli achieved the milestone in his 161st innings and 169th match, overshadowing AB de Villiers’ record.

Virat Kohli plays a shot against Australia during the third ODI at the MCG.   -  AP

Virat Kohli reached the 7,000-run mark in his One-Day International (ODI) career and in the process became the fastest of the 36 batsmen, who have reached the milestone. Kohli reached the 7000-run mark with a glance to the boundary at fine leg from the bowling of James Faulkner.

He achieved the landmark in his 161st innings and 169th match, overshadowing AB de Villiers’ record, who reached it in his 166th innings and in his 172nd match. Incidentally, de Villiers also achieved the landmark against Australia during an ODI in Perth in November 2014.

Kohli also smashed his 24th ODI century in the ongoing match at Melbourne Cricket Ground. He becomes the quickest to hit 24 ODI centuries (161 innings). Sachin Tendulkar took 219 innings and Ricky Ponting took 278 innings.

After falling short of a century in the first ODI of the series at Perth, Kohli scored 59 in the second ODI.