Owing to the excellent form that India skipper Virat Kohli has been of late, he became the first batsman in the world after South Africa’s AB de Villiers to cross 900 points in the ICC rankings for both Tests and ODIs. The 29-year-old ‘Delhi Boy’ is No. 2 in ICC Test ranking with 912 points, and No.1 in ODI rankings with 909 points.
Virat Kohli is No.1 in ODIs, No.2 in Test Ranking
On Tuesday, (20 February), Virat Kohli became one of the only five world cricketers to have crossed 900 points in both formats of cricket when he established his top position in ODIs riding on the back of a magnificent ODI series against South Africa, in which he accumulated 558 runs, registering a 5-1 win in the six-match overseas series. With 909 points in ODI rankings, Virat Kohli is No. 1 above AB de Villiers (844).
Virat Kohli first cricketer to cross 500-run mark in a bilateral ODI series
While Virat Kohli became only the fifth cricketer and and second batsman to cross the 900-point mark, he was the first batsman to register more than 500 runs in a bilateral ODI series, with scores of 112, 46*, 160*, 75, 36 and 129*.
The India skipper currently has 35 ODI centuries and is well placed in the trajectory in which the greatest of all time (GOAT) Sachin Tendulkar had been in his prime. Kohli is only second in the list of One-Day International century scorers after Tendulkar, who has 49 ODI centuries to his name. Speeding up, Mr. Captain?
Virat Kohli making moves in the all-time lists
Virat Kohli was also the highest scorer in ODIs in 2017, as he registered 1,460 runs which included six centuries from 26 ODIs (roughly amounts to a century in every 4 ODIs). Therefore, Virat has moved past the West Indies legend Brian Lara in the all-time ODI rankings list, having also overtaken him in the all-time Test list last in January of 2018.
The India skipper is currently seventh in the ODI list of all-time rankings that is led by Vivian Richards with 935 points. However, with 909 points, Kohli now has a good 22-point margin over Sachin Tendulkar, whose One-Day Internationals’ career high of 887 points had come against Zimbabwe in January 1998.