Port-of-Spain: Skipper Virat Kohli has eclipsed former captain Sourav Ganguly to become the second highest run-getter for India in one-day internationals. Kohli achieved the feat during the second ODI against West Indies when he hit Jason Holder for a boundary in the 32nd over.
The 30-year-old, who had a relatively quiet World Cup in England, went on to score his 42nd ODI century, his first since March, as India registered a 59-run win to take a 1-0 lead in the three-ODI series on Sunday.
His 125-ball 120 took his aggregate to 11,406 runs in 238 innings, surpassing Ganguly's record of 11,363 runs in 311 ODIs.
"Virat Kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI.. what a player," Ganguly wrote on Twitter.
The 30-year-old from Delhi is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, who has scored 18,426 runs in his illustrious ODI career. Kohli is also seven hundreds short of Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI hundreds. Overall, Kohli is in the eighth spot in the list of highest run-scorer in ODIs.
My Turn To Take Responsibility, Says Kohli
Virat Kohli said it was his turn to step up and take responsibility after the fall of early wickets in the second ODI against the West Indies, which the visitors won riding on his 42nd hundred in the format.
The 30-year-old took command of the proceedings after the early fall of in-form openers Shikhar Dhawan (2) and Rohit Sharma (18) and smashed 120 off 125 balls to help India post 279 for seven in the rain-curtailed game on Sunday. India won by 59 runs via the D/L method.
"We knew that anything over 270 would be challenging. It feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one," Kohli said after the win which gave the tourists a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
"Shikhar and Rohit didn't get a big one. One of the top three has always got the big one. A senior man had to step up and today was my opportunity to step up. It was important to string in a lot of dot balls," he added. (PTI)