Virat Kohli becomes fastest batter to 13,000 ODI runs

Kohli reached the landmark in his 267th ODI innings

By Web Desk
September 11, 2023
Kohli raises bat after scoring fifty in Asia Cup Super 4 game against Pakistan - AFP

Seasoned India batter Virat Kohli is now the fastest cricketer to score 13,000 ODI runs, surpassing his idol Sachin Tendulkar.

The 34-year-old reached the landmark in his 267th innings during Asia Cup Super 4 match against Pakistan at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Monday. 

India were 147/2 in 24.1 overs after being asked to bat by Pakistan before rain prevented any further play on Sunday. Kohli, who was at 8, resumed his innings along with KL Rahul, who was unbeaten on 17 off 28 balls when rain interrupted proceedings on Sunday.

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar had reached the landmark in 321 ODI innings. Tendulkar was followed by former Australian captain Ricky Ponting (341) and the Sri Lankan duo of Kumar Sangakkara (363) and Sanath Jayasuriya (416).

Overall, Kohli is fifth on the list of leading run-getters in ODIs. Only Tendulkar (18426), Sangakkara (14234), Ponting (13704), and Jayasuriya (13430) have scored more runs than the Indian cricketer in the 50-over format.

Kohli is also fifth on the illustrious list of players with most international runs. He has amassed 25600 runs across formats so far. Tendulkar (34357), Sangakkara (28016), Ponting (27483), and former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene (25957) are above Kohli on the list.