IND Vs AUS 1st ODI : Virat Kohli eyeing to achieve these records today at Wankhede!

IND Vs AUS 1st ODI Virat Kohli eyeing to achieve these records today at Wankhede! (1)

After a tumultuous and exciting end to the Border-Gavaskar trophy 2023 in favor of hosts India, its time for white ball cricket to begin. 5-time World champions Australia will look to make amends in the ODI series after a 2-1 BGT loss for the 4th time in a row.

Steve Smith will be leading the Baggy greens in the absence of Pat Cummins, whose mother Maria Cummins had passed away last week. It will be a good practice for the Aussies for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup scheduled to get underway from October in the Indian soil.

They will not just be playing for their pride but also to get something out of their tour to India. All the answers will be questioned later today from 1:30 PM onwards but our main focus is on Virat Kohli who has looked in fine form especially in ODI cricket lately.

Heading into the Wankhede ODI, Kohli broke his red ball century drought in the 4th Test at Ahmedabad by smacking 186 and getting to his 75th Overall Full-century. After ending his white ball century curse back in September 2022 against Afghanistan in Asia Cup T20, Kohli has managed to score 4 centuries in all formats after a gap of 3 years.

Thanks to him and the other top-order Batters, India have looked solid in ODIs winning both of the previous series against Sri-Lanka (3-0) and New Zealand (2-1). Now there are certain records that Virat Kohli can break in this ODI series and before the IPL 2023 begins.

Firstly, the 34-year-old is very close to breaking Ricky Ponting’s record of most runs scored by a player at home in ODI cricket. Only 48 runs separates him from this record so if Kohli scores a Half-century today, he will have the most runs at home soil in the 50-over format.

The Delhi born batter currently has 5,348 runs in 107 outings at while Ponting has 5,406 runs in 153 ODIs at home. Only Sachin Tendulkar has more runs than the 2 batters at home – 6976 runs in 164 ODIs. Secondly, Virat Kohli needs 191 runs to reach the 13,000 run mark in the second longest format of the game.

Kohli currently has 12,809 runs in ODIs and he will become only the 5th batter to score 13,000 runs after Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting and Sanath Jayasuriya.

Will he break these records?