WI vs IND: Virat Kohli surpasses Jacques Kallis, becomes 5th highest run-scorer in international cricket

WI vs IND: Virat Kohli surpasses Jacques Kallis, becomes 5th highest run-scorer in international cricket
WI vs IND: Virat Kohli surpasses Jacques Kallis, becomes 5th highest run-scorer in international cricket

WI vs IND: Virat Kohli surpasses Jacques Kallis, becomes 5th highest run-scorer in international cricket

WI vs IND: Virat Kohli, the star batsman from India, surpassed South Africa’s Jacques Kallis on Friday to claim the fifth spot on the list of highest run-scorers in the history of international cricket. This milestone was achieved during India’s second Test against the West Indies in Port of Spain. The match not only marked Kohli’s 500th international appearance but also saw him remain unbeaten on 87 runs from 161 balls on the first day, including eight boundaries. Fans eagerly await the second day, anticipating Kohli’s 76th international century, famously known as the ‘Kohli Special.’

In a remarkable career spanning 500 matches, Virat has amassed 25,548 runs at an average of 53.67, comprising 75 centuries and 132 half-centuries in 559 innings, with his highest score being 254*. Surpassing Kallis’ record of 25,534 runs in 519 matches, Kohli can further add to his tally during the remaining match.

Ahead of Kohli are cricketing legends like Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka (25,957 runs in 652 matches), Australia’s Ricky Ponting (27,483 runs in 560 matches), Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka (28,016 runs in 594 matches), and India’s legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (34,357 runs in 664 matches).

In Test cricket, Virat has scored 8,642 runs in 111 matches at an average of 49.38, registering 28 centuries and 30 fifties, with his highest being 254*. He stands as India’s fifth-highest run-scorer in Test matches.

In One Day Internationals (ODIs), Virat has accumulated 12,898 runs in 274 matches at an impressive average of 57.32, notching up 46 centuries and 65 half-centuries. He holds the second-highest run-scorer position for India in ODI cricket and ranks fifth overall in the history of ODI cricket.

WI vs IND: Virat Kohli surpasses Jacques Kallis, becomes 5th highest run-scorer in international cricket

Moreover, Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the history of T20 International cricket, having scored 4,008 runs in 115 matches at an average of 52.73. He has scored one century and 37 fifties, with a highest score of 122* in the format.

As for the ongoing match, a remarkable century partnership between Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja rejuvenated India’s chances in the game. By the end of the first day, Kohli was inching closer to his 29th Test century, with India reaching 288/4 at stumps, and Kohli not out at 87* alongside Jadeja at 36*.

During the first session, India made an impressive start with Rohit Sharma (63*) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (52*) both remaining unbeaten at the crease, having put up 121 runs together. However, the partnership was broken during the second session when Jaiswal departed for 57 runs. Subsequently, Shubman Gill (10) and Rohit (80) fell in quick succession, leaving India at 155/3. Kohli then built a partnership with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who fell for eight on the final ball of the second session, and at 182/4, Kohli remained unbeaten at 18*.

The West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first.

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