Star Indian batter Virat Kohli, who ended his two-and-a-half-century drought in the 2022 Asia Cup, had a memorable run throughout the tournament. Kohli finished his campaign with a total of 276 runs, the second highest in the tournament. Kohli is now looking at a solid performance against Australia in the home series and another milestone in his career. He is just 207 runs away from surpassing India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, to become the second-biggest go-getter of all formats for India. When he achieves the mark, he will also become the sixth highest point scorer in international cricket.
Indian great Rahul Dravid is currently the sixth highest scorer in international cricket and India’s second highest scorer. In 509 games, he scored 24,208 runs in 605 innings at an average of 45.41. He scored 48 centuries and 146 half-centuries in his career, with a career best score of 270.
Kohli, who has so far played 478 international matches, has 24,002 runs to his name. 12,344 runs have come in in the ODI format, while he has 8,074 runs to his name in the longest format. In T20Is he has 3,584 runs to his name.
Right-handed Kohli had last scored a ton in a day-night test against Bangladesh in November 2019 and then had to wait nearly three years before registering his next century. The three-figure mark against Afghanistan was also his 71st ton in international cricket.
When India takes on Australia on Tuesday evening in Mohali, Kohli wants to continue his good form.
Earlier, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting had said surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s feat of 100 international centuries is “possible” for Virat Kohli, Australian great Ricky Ponting said, gazing at the Indian superstar’s newfound appetite for runs.
“If you had asked me three years ago, I would have said yes. But the fact that it has gone so much slower than it did… yes, I still think it’s possible for him, no doubt about that, Ponting said on The ICC Review.
“Look, I never say never with Virat because you know that once he’s up a bit, you know how hungry he is and how much he loves success. I’ll never say never that’s for sure,” said the two-time Aussie World Cup winning skipper.
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