New Delhi: Virat Kohli completing 12,000 ODI runs has made cricketing world circle back what an astonishing career the Indian captain has had so far. Virat Kohli, who made his debut in 2008, while playing against Australia on Wednesday became the fastest cricketer to reach to the milestone, breaking the record which was previously held by legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
Former cricketer VVS Laxman joined in the bandwagon in praising Kohli and said that he has managed to be consistent throughout his career spanning over a decade.
“I think, the way he has played in each and every series, the kind of intensity he has maintained each and every day, when he’s on the cricket field is unbelievable, because at some stage I thought that will be the biggest challenge for Virat Kohli, at some stages he will burn out, but not even once we have seen that energy drop down when Virat is on the cricket field, whether he is batting or he is fielding,” Laxman said while speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
Virat Kohli exceeded Sachin’s record of 12,000 runs in 242 innings (251 matches) while Sachin had reached the landmark in 300 ODI innings (309 matches).
Laxman further praised Kohli’s ability to perform under pressure and said that it brings out the best in him.
“…if you see his one-day record how many hundreds did he get while chasing and then you know that you’ve got a target to achieve, there’s always a scoreboard pressure on him, but he relishes pressure, he relishes responsibility and that’s what gets the best out of him,” said Laxman.
India avoided a whitewash by clinching a 13-run win against Australia in the last ODI on Wednesday at Canberra.