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Virat Kohli primed to break Sachin Tendulkar, AB de Villiers records

India Today logo India Today 26-10-2016


Virat Kohli needs 40 runs to complete 7500 runs in ODIs. He will be the quickest to do so (in 167 innings) taking the record from AB de Villiers who took 174 innings to reach this landmark.

One more hundred in a successful chase and Virat Kohli will have the record of most hundreds in successful chases on his own. He currently shares the record with Sachin Tendulkar with 14 hundreds.

MS Dhoni needs 67 runs to complete 4000 runs in ODIs in India. He will be only the second batsman to do so after Sachin Tendulkar (6976).

After taking a 2-1 lead in the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series, hosts India will aim to pocket the series in the fourth game at the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi on Wednesday.

Photos: Cricketers — Then and now

Cricketers: Then and now

Post the six-run setback in the second ODI in Delhi, India got back to their winning ways after thumping the Kiwis by seven wickets at Mohali.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (80) and his Test counterpart Virat Kohli (154 not out) joined forces with a brilliant 151-run third-wicket stand to outplay the visitors after an inspiring bowling effort by the Indians helped restrict them to a modest total.

Much has been talked about MS Dhoni's batting form. Here is an attempt to dissect MSD's numbers in two phases - from 2011 World Cup to till the time he had not retired from Test cricket, and since he retired from Test cricket.

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MSD's batting average has dipped by about 27 points! And change of batting positions does not seem to make any impact. Not only MSD's average has dipped, his SR has also gone down and so has his ability to remain unbeaten.

Virat Kohli's batting in chases is now a part of cricket folklore. This, however, does not stop him from producing gem after gem. The two matches India have won in this series, Virat has been the batting fulcrum. 2015 was an ordinary year for Virat by his standards, but this year he has been in a mind-boggling form. Following table gives a year-wise break-up of Virat's performance in chases, which is simply stunning.

It is no wonder then that Virat has been the most successful batsman in chases in ODIs, well ahead of his contemporaries and even the likes of all-time greats like Bevan and Tendulkar.

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