Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli (above) scored his 4,000th ODI run in the third tie against England © Getty Images (file photo)

Ranchi: Jan 19, 2013

Middle-order batsman Virat Kohli on Saturday became the fastest Indian cricketer to complete 4,000 One-Day International (ODI) runs, during the third match against England at Ranchi.

When Kohli walked in to bat, he needed 49 runs to cross the 4,000-run mark and he did so with a single off James Tredwell. He also brought up his 22nd ODI half-century, leading India to a seven-wicket win.

With this feat, the 24-year-old also became the second youngest cricketer to reach the land mark.

Kohli had a phenomenal run with the bat in 2012, as he became the highest run-getter for India in ODIs with 1,026 runs in 17 matches at an impressive average of 68.70

He has often been likened to Viv Richards and he took the similarity one step further when he equalled Viv’s record of scoring 4,000 runs in 96 ODIs. In the process, he surpassed Sourav Ganguly’s record which took 105 ODIs.