Virat Kohli beats Mahela Jayawardene to become 5th highest run scorer in ODI cricket

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Indian star cricketer Virat Kohli on January 15 became the fifth-highest run-scorer in the history of ODI cricket after surpassing Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene to enter the top five.

Major achievements were achieved by Virat during India’s third and final ODI series against Sri Lanka in Kerala.

In India’s 35th over of batting, Kohli hit a leg cutter between mid-off and cover by Chamika Karunaratne to become the fifth-highest run-scorer in ODIs.

In the ongoing match against Sri Lanka, Virat scored an unbeaten 166 in 110 balls with the help of 13 fours and 8 sixes. This was Virat’s 46th ODI and 74th international cricket century.

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At the time of becoming the fifth-highest run-scorer, Virat had 12,652 runs in 268 ODIs at an average of 57.78 with 45 tons and 65 fifties. His best score in the format is 183.

As per the records, the highest run scorer in ODI history is Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar who has scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83. He has 49 hundreds and 96 fifties in this format, with a best of 200*.

After Sachin, Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara (14,234 runs in 404 matches), Australian great Ricky Ponting (13,704), Sri Lankan all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430 runs in 445 matches) and Virat.

Meanwhile, India have scored 390 runs losing 5 wickets in 50 overs. Apart from Virat, Shubman Gill also scored a century and scored 116 runs in 97 balls. Rohit Sharma scored 46 runs and Shreyas Iyer scored 38 runs. Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara took two wickets each for Sri Lanka, while Chamika Karunaratne took one wicket.

By the time the story was written, Sri Lanka had scored 40 runs losing 5 wickets in 11 overs.

With agency inputs.

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