Cricket’s Scarlet Speedster crosses 10k barrier

Exactly 17 years, six months and 24 days after Sachin Tendulkar stole a single off Shane Warne to become the first batsman to scale the once-insurmountable 10k peak in ODI cricket, Virat Kohli crunched a single to long-on off Ashley Nurse to become the fastest to the landmark. Virat Kohli broke all-time ODI record for the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs during the marathon knock of unbeaten 157 against Windies in the second ODI in Vizag. Starting his innings 81 runs behind from the milestone ,he took a single off Ashley Nurse in the 37th over of the Indian innings to get to the landmark. There’s no stopping Virat Kohli. Literally. The Indian Captain who is hands down the Best Batsman in the world right now,added another feather to his already astounding career.

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What will this extra unique record for Virat Kohli is that he broke his idol legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record? Tendulkar completed 10,000 ODI runs in 2001. He took 259 innings to achieve the feat. In a supersonic world, if you couldn’t be the first, you should be the fastest. Kohli couldn’t be the first to 10k. But he chose to be the fastest, plonking his flag on the peak in 54 fewer innings than Tendulkar, at an average nearly 16 rungs higher, at five-runs quicker and with six more centuries than the metronome. Kohli is the fifth Indian batsman and 13th overall to reach the milestone. Apart from Kohli other Indian Batsman in the elite club are Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Dhoni.

The single biggest reason behind Virat’s unbelievable consistency is his process and in that process, personal glory moments have no place. ‘TEAM’ is the word that he swears by and all his energies are channelled to help the team’s cause.

After reaching the milestone, Kohli said “I feel grateful, I feel blessed. I never imagined I’d get to see this stage in my one-day career. I am thankful to god. I am very grateful right now. These things do not matter much, but to understand you have come this far in your career, playing for ten years, is something quite special to me. I love the sport so much, and you want to play it more and more, and that for me is the most important thing. I am just happy that I have been able to play for this long and hopefully, for many more years to come. I never thought that this day would arrive one day. It just tells me that if you’re focused on your process and focused on the right things, then these things become irrelevant after a while because you are only focused on what you need to do on the field. These things are byproducts of that. “I must score runs and having done that for a long time now, everything else has collected for this moment. In every situation, the intention should always be to look forward to the team’s needs and score as many runs as possible“.

Varun Aithal

"Engineer by profession, Red Devil by passion"

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