Kohli becomes fastest batsman in One Day International

12,000 runs mark reached the milestone in Australia on November 29, 2020
Canberra, December 2, 2020 (ANI)

Virat Kohli of India plays a shot during the Second ODI match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on Sunday, November 29, 2020 (Photo Courtesy: ICC Twitter/ANI Photo)

India’s Skipper Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to score 12,000 ODI runs today (Wednesday), December 2, 2020.

Kohli achieved the feat during the ongoing third ODI against Australia being played at the Manuka Oval. According to the International Cricket Council, he took only 242 innings to touch the landmark figure. He is just the sixth player to do so.

India won the toss and opted to bat first in the third and final ODI against Australia.

Australia have already sealed the three-match ODI series against India as the hosts enjoy an unassailable 2-0 lead.

The Aaron Finch-led team registered a 66-run win in the first ODI and a 51-run win in the second.

Steve Smith smashed a century in both matches, playing a knock of 105 and 104 in the first and second ODI respectively.

Although India have already lost the three-match series, the Kohli-led side still has much to play for in the final ODI of the series. Apart from avoiding the humiliating ODI series whitewash, India can earn points in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.

The series between India and Australia is a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League and defeats in the opening two ODIs means India is yet to open their account.

Whereas, Australia have so far played five matches in the Super League, registering four wins and one defeat. With 40 points under their belt, Australia top the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League standings followed by England, who have 30 points from six games.

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