first_imgVirat Kohli crossed the 400-run mark in the ongoing series against South Africa to become only the second Indian batsman after Rohit Sharma to reach the landmark in a bilateral ODI series.Kohli was run out for 36 from 54 balls in the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth after South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first. He currently aggregates 429 runs in five matches in the series at an average of 143 with two hundreds and one half-century.Rohit currently holds the record for the most runs scored by a batsmen in a bilateral series. The Hitman had slammed 491 runs in six ODIs in the home series against Australia in 2013-14.It was the same series in which he smashed his first double hundred in ODIs in Bengaluru.Incidentally, Kohli was also the leading run-scorer in the three-Test series that preceded the ODIs – the Indian captain had amassed 286 runs including a classy 153.Kohli and Rohit were involved in a 105-run partnership for the second wicket in the 5th ODI before a terrible mix-up between the two resulted in the captain’s wicket. It was the seventh run out between the captain and the vice-captain in the 50-over format.Rohit went on to score his 17th hundred (115 off 126 balls) to help India post 274/7 in 50 overs after being put into bat. South Africa in reply got bowled out for 201 to hand India a 73-run victory. India thus, secured the series 4-1 with one match remaining.The 29-year-old Indian captain, after only a decade in international cricket, is already the fifth-highest scorer for his country in ODIs. He is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni.advertisementTendulkar leads the list with 18426 runs in 463 matches followed by Sourav Ganguly (11221), Rahul Dravid (10768) and MS Dhoni (9780).Overall, Kohli is placed 16th in the world with South Africa’s AB de Villiers just ahead of him with 9515 runs in 226 ODIs.The Delhi batsman’s 36-run knock took his tally of runs to 9459 runs in 207 ODIs at an average of 57.32 with 34 hundreds and 46 fifties.Kohli has been in sensational form since 2016, hammering hundreds at will across formats. He has been particularly brilliant in ODIs and finished 2017 as the highest scorer in the format with 1460 runs and six hundreds.The run-machine has been on a record-breaking spree and has already slammed 55 international hundreds. Kohli has 34 hundreds in ODIs and is second in the list of most century makers behind Tendulkar, who had scored 49 hundreds.last_img

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