Virat Kohli has surpassed Rahul Dravid to become 2nd leading run scorer for India

Virat Kohli continued his incredible form from Asia Cup as he recorded his 33rd half-century to help India clinch the decider in Hyderabad.

Virat Kohli scored a match-winning 63 off 48 to help his team seal the win and the three-match series 2-1 against Australia. Kohli, 33, now has scored 24,078 runs for India across formats that include 102 Tests, 262 ODIs, and 107 T20Is.

Virat Kohli Goes Past Rahul Dravid To Become The Second Highest Run Scorer In International Cricket For India

Virat Kohli has surpassed the legendary Rahul Dravid and now has India’s second most international runs He is only Sachin Tendulkar. He is the sixth-highest overall and the highest of any currently active cricketers

The No.1 spot is held by none other than Sachin Tendulkar, who made 34357 runs in 664 matches for India from 1989-2013.

Here are the top five run-getters for India in international cricket:

  1. Sachin Tendulkar- 34357 runs in 664 matches
  2. Virat Kohli- 24078 runs in 471 matches
  3. Rahul Dravid- 24064 runs in 504 matches
  4. Sourav Ganguly- 18433 runs in 421 matches
  5. MS Dhoni- 17092 runs in 535 games.

Kohli-Yadav show powers Team India to a series win

On Sunday in Hyderabad, it was this combination that put Australia under the mat, before Hardik Pandya sealed India’s series win from being 1-0 down just four days ago

Kohli and Suryakumar added 104 off just 10.2 overs in a fine which proved to be the deal breaker for Australia as India chased down a stiff target of 187 runs. Although Virat Kohli is one of the most prolific scorers against spin bowling, he has struggled to get keep his wicket against Adam Zampa.

Zampa has dismissed Kohli eight times, the most he’s been out to a single bowler in white-ball cricket. So within two balls of his arrival, Aaron Finch bought Adam Zampa into the attack but  Kohli wasn’t in the mood to allow Zampa to dictate terms.

His first delivery, Kohli’s third of the innings, was a perfectly tossed-up delivery on off-stump. Kohli drilled the ball through extra cover, to begin with, a boundary

When Surya started hitting, I looked at the dugout. Rohit & Rahul Bhai said you can just keep batting on, says Kohli

“When Surya started hitting it like that, I kind of looked at the dug-out as well,” Kohli said after the match to Star Sports. “Rohit and Rahul Bhai both told me, ‘you can just keep batting on’ because Surya was striking it that well. It was just about building a partnership, so I used my experience a little bit, stayed back.”

Virat Kohli talks about Suryakumar Yadav’s blistering innings

“It’s absolute clarity in what he wants to do,” Kohli said of Suryakumar’s brilliance. “Obviously he has the game to bat under any sort of situation, in any condition and he’s shown that already. He got a hundred in England; he batted beautifully in the Asia Cup as well. Here he’s striking the ball as well as I’ve seen him strike. I mean, for the last six months he’s been outstanding so it’s just the array of shots, and to play those shots at the right time is such tremendous for a guy who knows his game inside out and has no fear in executing those shots.”

Virat explains his approach to batting in middle overs and using his experience

“I kind of made up my mind to go after him today,” Kohli said. “He’s a quality bowler. He kind of tries to control my scoring rate whenever we play, and I knew he is going to attack the stumps, so I was outside leg stump already. In the last game, I was kind of disappointed that after hitting a four, I went for a double rather than hitting him for a six, so I’m making a conscious effort to strike big in the middle overs so that it can help the team’s situation.”

Kohli says he is enjoying his batting since his return from a break at the Asia Cup

“I’ve enjoyed my batting ever since I came back during the Asia Cup,” Kohli said. “I’m really enjoying my process, really working hard on my fitness all over again. I’m excited to go to the gym, excited to go to practice, and just contribute to the team’s cause. I know the last game wasn’t a big score, but I felt like I hit two impact boundaries, so am happy with my contributions. And am not putting myself down if I’m not getting big runs every time for the team. I’m just trying to stay in this space.”

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