Virat Kohli Edges Past Ponting, Lara & Kallis in Unique ODI Batting Feats

image-lfkuajctVirat Kohli scored 54 in the 3rd ODI [AP Photo]

Virat Kohli was the only bright light in India's 21-run loss to Australia in Chennai last evening. Kohli scored a valiant fifty in the third and final One-Day International (ODI), which saw him reach multiple milestones.

En route to his 65th ODI fifty, the former India skipper moved ahead of legend Ricky Ponting. Kohli now has the second-most ODI runs at home and is only behind Sachin Tendulkar, who leads with 6,976.

Kohli has 5,333 and 2,118 ODI runs in away and neutral venues, respectively. 

Most ODI runs at home

  • Sachin Tendulkar- 6,976
  • Virat Kohli - 5,447
  • Ricky Ponting - 5,406

Another ODI record that Kohli matched is that of West Indies' Desmond Haynes, who scored 19 fifties against Australia. The former RCB skipper went past Brian Lara's tally of 18th ODI half-centuries against Australia to become joint third alongside Haynes, behind Tendulkar (24) and Sir Vivan Richards (23). 

Kohli, with this fifty, went past South Africa's Jacques Kallis' record of second-most 50+ plus scores at home in 50-over cricket. 

Tendulkar (58), leads the charts here as well, ahead of Kohli (47) and Kallis (46). 

Overall, in 497 international matches for India, Kohli has accumulated 25,322 runs with 75 centuries and 130 half-centuries. 

Kohli will next be seen in action for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, which begins March 31.