Virat Kohli could not quite get his much awaited international hundred in the ODI series opener against England in Pune but set another record during the course of his fine 56 on Tuesday. He became the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to reach the landmark of 10000 international runs in India. While the Little Master has an aggregate of 14192 runs in 313 innings at an average of 50.32 including 42 hundreds, Kohli has scored 10002 runs in just 195 innings at an average of 61.74 with 32 hundreds.
Tendulkar had an aggregate of 7216 runs in Tests (average 52.67) in India while Kohli has scored 3730 runs in 43 matches at a stunning average of 64.31 in the country.
Both the geniuses are the leading run-getters in India in ODI cricket. While Tendulkar amassed 6976 runs in 160 innings at an average of 48.11 and strike rate of 88.39 including 20 hundreds and 38 fifties in the country, Kohli has bettered that record with an aggregate of 4921 runs in 93 innings at an average of 60.75 and strike rate of 96.85 including 19 hundreds and 24 fifties.
If we account for averages and scoring rates during their times, then Kohli’s run-making prowess places him ahead of Tendulkar but Tendulkar’s strike rate impact is higher than Kohli’s – which basically means that Tendulkar scored at a much higher rate than the norm for his times than Kohli has done during his era. Thus, while Kohli gets the bigger scores more often, Tendulkar was a more destructive batsman, overall and in India.
Rahul Dravid (9004) follows Tendulkar and Kohli at number 3 for the batsmen with maximum international runs in India. Virender Sehwag (7796 runs) and MS Dhoni (7575) complete the top 5 list.
Overall, Tendulkar has the highest aggregate in international cricket with 34357 runs in 782 innings at an average of 48.52 with 100 hundreds. Kohli is at number one amongst active players and at number 7 overall with 22745 runs in 480 innings at an average of 55.88 with 70 hundreds.
If there is one batsman who can break all the aggregate records of Tendulkar it is Virat Kohli!