As we all know, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been in superior form irrespective of formats, at least in the last three years. To put matters into perspective, he had scored over 8000 runs and made 29 centuries in international cricket since 2016 January. With not many cricketers claiming these numbers as their career-long stats even, that is what makes these figures incredibly great.
He also made 11 centuries in 2018, falling short by just one century in equalling Sachin Tendulkar's record of most international centuries in a calendar year. Sachin had scored 12 centuries during his golden year - 1998.
Sachin Tendulkar is someone who owns all the possible batting records in International cricket. Virat Kohli meanwhile, who in turn considers Sachin as his idol, is breaking his records every other year.
Though there are certain records by Little Master which are impossible to break by anyone, there are certain records of his which are not far away from India's best batsman right now. Sachin would be happy to see his fellow Indian breaking his own records and even fans wish to see the same.
#1 Most ODI runs away from by an Indian
Sachin Tendulkar currently has 5065 runs away from home in ODI cricket, which is also the most by an Indian in ODI history. Kohli sits at third in this list with 4208 runs, right now.
With India set to play the World Cup in England (neutral venue) and few bilateral ODI series outside India in 2019, he could easily walk away with this record by the end of 2019 with the kind of form he is currently in. Kohli needs just 858 runs more to get there.
Most ODI runs away from home by an Indian (as it stands):
5065 - Sachin Tendulkar
4236 - MS Dhoni
4208 - Virat Kohli
3998 - Rahul Dravid
#2 Most ODI 100s in winning cause
Little Master Sachin Tendulkar used to be the lone warrior for India during his era. India emerged as winners on many occasions where he scored a ton. However, there were quite a few incredible innings came in losing cause such as the 143 vs Australia in 1998 and the 175 vs Australia again, in 2009.
He has 49 ODI centuries and 33 of them came in winning causes which are easily most by anyone in ODI history. Only if Sachin had little more support the number would have been much better.
Virat Kohli is just a few centuries away from break this elite record. Right now, he firmly sits at second place in this list with 31 centuries. Only seven times did India not registered a win when Virat scored a ton. The Indian superstar can definitely add more centuries in winning causes during the year.
Most ODI 100s in winning causes (as it stands):
33 - Sachin Tendulkar
31 - Virat Kohli
25 - Ricky Ponting
24 - Hasim Amla
24 - Sanath Jayasuriya
#3 Most ODI 100s vs Australia at Home
Australia are set to play five ODI games in India during February. This will be a key series for both the teams, with an eye on the World Cup. Both Sachin and Virat love playing against them. They have recorded some memorable centuries against them in International cricket.
The little master has four centuries against Australia at home, while on the other hand, Virat has three centuries. If Virat scores two more this time around, this record as well could be his. Virat Kohli has the habit of scoring multiple centuries in an ODI bilateral series. Considering the form he is in, he might repeat this again. He scored record three centuries in the recently-concluded home series against West Indies.
Most ODI 100s vs Australia at home (as it stands):
4 - Sachin/Gooch/Haynes
3 - Virat Kohli
3 - Rohit Sharma
#4 Most international 100s while batting second
Virat Kohli is often known as a chase-master. He owns all possible records in ODI chases. When it comes to most centuries while batting second, Sachin Tendulkar has 39 tons against his name. He also sits at the top in the all-time list.
The current Indian captain is just a century away to equal the little master's record, and two centuries to break the all-time numbers. Virat Kohli's conversation rate has been phenomenal in recent times.
He has a bright chance to own this record by end of this new year, thanks to his prolific record in ODI chases which makes it easy for Kohli to be in this position.
He is miles ahead for most ODI centuries when batting second, with 23 centuries and Sachin placed at second with 17 centuries.
Most international 100s when batting second:
39 - Sachin Tendulkar
38 - Virat Kohli
26 - Ricky Ponting
25 - Mahela Jayawardene
25 - Brian Lara
#5 Fastest to reach 20K international runs
The Indian skipper recently broke Sachin's record of fastest to reach 19000 runs in international cricket. Kohli reached this in 399 innings and Sachin had been holding this record for a long time, reaching there in 432 innings.
Sachin and Lara jointly hold the record for the fastest to reach 20,000 international runs. The both of them reached there in 453 innings. Meanwhile, Virat has been consistently scoring 2500 runs every year.
This year, the World Cup will also take place and hence, Kohli will get more opportunities to bat. As a result, breaking this record in 2019 is going to be a certain event, unless Virat's form slumps drastically during the year.
Fastest to reach 20,000 International runs:
453 innings - Sachin Tendulkar
453 innings - Brian Lara
464 innings - Ricky Ponting
483 innings - AB de Villiers
491 innings - Jacques Kallis
Five Sachin Tendulkar records that Virat Kohli can break in 2019
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