Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been in sublime form donning the whites in England. After overcoming the demons of English pitches with a century in Edgbaston, Kohli has been a headache for the hosts. He is undoubtedly India’s best batsman whether you refer to statistics or otherwise.
He needed just 6 runs to reach the 6,000 run mark in Tests before the fourth Test at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. With two wickets down, he took the field and with 6 runs he went past cricketing legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Vivian Richards and Mohammad Yousuf in one go.
The 29-year-old became the second-fastest Indian and 9th overall to reach the milestone. He took 119 innings to get to the 9th spot whereas Tendulkar, Richards and Yousuf took 120 innings. The fastest Indian on the list is Sunil Gavaskar who achieved the feat in 117 innings.
He is also the 10th Indian batsman to get past 6,000 Test runs. Here’s how Twitter reacted to Kohli’s latest feat:
Watchful, measured approach by Indian batsmen in first session. Two wickets lost, but situation brought under control by Pujara and Kohli who incidentally went past 6000 Test runs. Remarkable career he is playing out!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 31, 2018
Congrats V kohli what an achievement 6000 runs in just 119 Innings, hope to see you soon in Pakistan playing in front of your fans from across the border!!! True Champ pic.twitter.com/rAC23e5vu5
— Un Lock Life (@altafgso) August 31, 2018
Of 10 Indian players who have scored 6000+ runs only 4 average 50+:
54.65 – V Kohli
53.68 – SR Tendulkar
52.63 – R Dravid
51.12 – SM Gavaskar
— Arthur_S (@allanholloway) August 31, 2018
Runs scored between 5000-6000 have been special, very special #Kohli
— Mazhar (@Catch_Mazhar) August 31, 2018
Been treated to a wonderful exhibition of batting this summer from Virat Kohli and he has now gone past 6000 Test runs in his career. Just have to enjoy these players when they’re at their peak and put on a show. 72-2
— Dean Wilson (@CricketMirror) August 31, 2018
On this day
1968: Gary Sobers hit 6 consecutive sixes!
2011: Rahul Dravid hit 3 consecutive sixes!
2018: Virat Kohli crossed 6000 Test runs!
— BrokenStats (@Broken_Statz) August 31, 2018
Kohli easing through 6000 runs
— Brooko (@KevBrooks2) August 31, 2018
The Delhi batsman took just 14 innings to get from 5,000 runs to 6,000 runs. Seeing the form Kohli is in, his fans would expect him to be the fastest to accomplish 7,000 Test runs.
The list is currently headed by late Wally Hammond who took just 131 innings to score 7,000 Test runs. If not Hammond, then he can aim to go past Virender Sehwag (134 innings) and Tendulkar (136 innings) who are second and third on the list respectively.