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World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli in race to break Tendulkar record

By Parul Raina

India captain and nation’s heartthrob Virat Kohli became the fastest player in the history to breach 11,000-run barrier in ODIs on Sunday. Indian skipper Kohli has set eyes on another target, a record held by master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

On Saturday, he has a great chance to become the fastest to score 20,000 international runs. Kohli has scored 19, 896 runs and is short by only 104 runs of the record that Sachin Tendulkar holds together with Brian Lara.

Matthew Hayden heaped rich praise on Kohli

“Absolutely staggering. I am trying to think back, check the memory banks of brilliant players over the years. Maybe Brian Lara in his heyday, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly all these players have been on top of their game at various points in one-day cricket. But Virat Kohli is doing it so easy. He is drifting away to a hundred. Not only that, just the way he is transcending every game seems to be a different performance,” Hayden said on Star Sports coverage.

“I think he has always got great energy and the intent and he’s got the fitness to be able to do it. It’s almost like one performance leads to the next. His tempo is incredible. We saw the likes of Vijay that had an opportunity to bat with him. That’s only going to be good for India ahead of the World Cup.” he added further to the conversation.

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Parul Raina