Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli set to become fastest to 20,000 international runs

When Indian skipper Virat Kohli comes out to bat against West Indies in Match 34 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester on Wednesday, he will be 37 runs short reaching 20,000 international runs in cricket (Test, ODIs and T20Is combined).

If he scores those 37 runs today, he will become the fastest to the feat in just in 416th innings. The record for the fastest 20,000 international runs in cricket is jointly held by Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, who reached the landmark in their 453rd innings, respectively.

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Kohli has 19,963 international runs with 11087 of those coming in ODIs,  6613 in Tests and 2263 in T20I. He has played in 131 Tests, 223 ODIs and 62 T20Is.

The 30-year-old has been in good nick in the tournament, scoring three half-centuries  – 82 against Australia, 77 against Pakistan and 67 against Afghanistan – but is yet to reach the triple-figure mark. By reaching 20,000 international runs, Kohli will become the 12th batsman overall to reach the landmark and only the the third Indian, behind Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.

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While it is certain that Kohli will become the fastest to the landmark during the World Cup, even if he fails to make 37 runs against West Indies, he has the opportunity to surpass close friend AB de Villiers in the list of most international runs by the end of the tournament. De Villiers, retired from international cricket, has 20014 international runs to his name in 484 innings.

The tally for most international runs is led by Tendulkar with 34357 run in 782 innings, followed by Kumar Sangakkara (28016 runs in 666 innings) and Ricky Ponting (27483 in 668 innings).

Among active cricketers, Kohli is the leading run-getter in all three formats combined, followed by Chris Gayle (19186 runs in 524 innings) and Hashim Amla (18592 runs in 436 innings).