India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli 1st batsman to score 20,000 international runs in a decade

first_imgVirat Kohli is breaking batting records at will. The India captain is just 30 years of age and already has 68 hundreds, only 32 less than Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record that, at one point in time, looked improbable to break.Kohli is not just making batting look ridiculously easy but he is also scoring at an unprecedented consistency across all formats of the game.In a jaw-dropping stat that is a reflection of his greatness, Kohli became the first and only batsman to score 20,000 runs in international cricket in a decade.Kohli has scored 20502 runs across all 3 formats out of which he has scored 20018 in the ongoing decade. Kohli made his Test and T20I debut in 2010 while he had already scored 484 runs in ODI cricket in the previous decade after making his debut in the 50-over format in 2008.King for a reason #TeamIndia take the ODI series 2-0 #WIvIND (@BCCI) August 14, 2019Ricky Ponting had held the record for the most international runs scored in a decade with 18962 runs in 2000s. Jacques Kallis, the legendary South Africa all-rounder, is a distant third on the list with 16777 runs in 2000s.Mahela Jaywardene and Kumar Sangakkara are 4th and 5th on the list of most runs scored in a decade with 16304 and 15999, respectively. India’s Sachin Tendulkar is 6th with 15962 runs in the 2000s while Rahul Dravid is 7th with 15853 runs.Kohli got past the 20,000-run mark when hit a match-winning 114 not out in just 99 balls in the 3rd ODI of a 3-match series against West Indies in Port of Spain on Wednesday. Kohli’s second successive and 43rd ODI hundred helped India seal a 2-0 win in the ODI series.advertisementMeanwhile, Virat Kohli is currently averaging 60.31, his highest at the end of an innings in ODI cricket.Virat Kohli had finished World Cup 2019 with scoring a hundred but he is backing to getting to the 3-figure mark at will. The India captain, who has more than 2000 ODI runs against West Indies, has hit 9 hundreds against them in the 50-over format of the game.Kohli’s consistent run helped India maintain a clean slate and clinch the T20I and ODI series on their tour of West Indies.And that’s a wrap of the ODI series. #TeamIndia seal the series 2-0 #WIvIND (@BCCI) August 14, 2019Virat Kohli’s Team India will begin their World Test Championships campaign in a 2-match Test series against the West Indies from August 22.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s 43rd ODI hundred gives India 2-0 win in ODI series vs West IndiesAlso Read | Happy Independence Day: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma lead wishes from India cricket teamAlso Read | 3rd ODI: Virat Kohli, India teammates congratulate Chris Gaylelast_img read more

SecretaryGeneral discusses shattered Palestinian economy with President Abbas

He met with Mr. Abbas last night in London at the end of a one-day Conference in Support of the Palestinian Authority convened by British Prime Minister Tony Blair.In a speech to the session Mr. Annan cited economic development as “the third pillar of the progress we hope to see,” side by side with governance and security, noting that without real and discernible change such as more jobs and the removal of Israeli checkpoints and roadblocks, the Palestinian economy will continue to struggle, sowing prolonged, pervasive despair among the Palestinian populace.”The international community must work constructively with the Government of Israel to create an environment in which this aspect of reform is also addressed,” he said. UN agencies have frequently cited the blockades and closures that Israel says it imposes for security reasons, such as preventing suicide bombings, as a serious cause of Palestinian impoverishment and desperation that undermine security.Mr. Annan also discussed with Mr. Abbas the revised route of the separation barrier that Israel says it is building for the same security reasons, noting that it still encroaches on a substantial amount of Palestinian land in the West Bank. The International Court of Justice in an advisory opinion declared barrier illegal where it runs on West Bank land and called for it to be torn down. read more