On Wednesday when Virat Kohli scored his 23rd run in his 63 runs knock vs Australia in the third and final ODI in Canberra, he went past another career milestone of 12,000 ODI runs. In the process he also broke Sachin Tendulkar‘s record of being the fastest to the mark in ODI cricket in terms of innings played.
Virat took 242 innings to get to 12k runs, while Sachin had taken 300 innings to get to the same mark.
The Virat-Sachin comparison is something that will continue for a long time. Virat is also in line to break Sachin’s ODI centuries record of 49. The current Indian captain is just six centuries away from equalling Sachin’s all time record.
What’s interesting is that Virat has been quicker than Sachin to get to 1000 run landmarks through his career so far. He has in fact reached every 1k mark faster than Sachin in terms of innings played in ODI cricket.
The above graphic shows how Virat from 1000 to 12,000 ODI runs has continuously been faster than Sachin.
Virat reached the 10,000 ODI run mark in 205 innings, taking 54 innings less than Sachin, who got to the mark in 259 innings. Similarly the number of innings taken by Virat to reach 11,000 ODI runs was 222, while Sachin took 276 innings to get to the 11k run figure in One day cricket.
This however is a purely statistical comparison. The conditions, quality of opposition and bowlers, batting positions, situation of a given match etc are all contributing factors, which will have to be taken into account for a larger debate.
* NUMBER OF FOURS HIT BY SACHIN WHEN HE WAS ON 12,015 ODI RUNS – 1249
* NUMBER OF FOURS HIT BY VIRAT SO FAR IN HIS ODI CAREER (12,040 RUNS)- 1130
Another interesting comparison between Virat and Sachin keeping the 12000 ODI run milestone in mind is to see how many of those runs were scored at home and how many abroad by both batsmen.
Sachin completed 12,000 ODI runs in the 2003 ODI World Cup match vs Pakistan in Centurion, where he scored 98, while opening the innings with Virender Sehwag. India were chasing 274 to win and Sachin was adjudged Man of the match after India pulled off a 6 wicket win. Post this innings Sachin was on 12,015 ODI runs.
On Wednesday, Virat scored 63 runs in India’s 13 run win vs Australia in Canberra to avoid being whitewashed. Post this knock Virat has 12,040 runs in One day cricket.
The following graphic shows the division between the runs scored at home and abroad for both Sachin and Virat when Sachin had 12,015 ODI runs and with Virat on 12,040 ODI runs.
The graphic shows that when Sachin was on 12,015 ODI runs he had at that time scored 4015 runs at home and 8000 ODI runs abroad. Showing how prolific the master blaster was on foreign shores as well.
In comparison, Virat at a time when he stands at 12,040 ODI career runs has so far scored 4865 runs in home ODIs and 7175 runs abroad. This shows why Virat is in the Sachin mould and how he too has been quite prolific away from home.
So when Sachin was on 12,015 ODI runs he had 850 runs less than Virat (at 12,040 ODI runs) at home, while in ODIs played abroad Sachin had 825 runs more than the current Indian captain.
*NUMBER OF SIXES HIT BY SACHIN WHEN HE WAS ON 12,015 ODI RUNS – 135
* NUMBER OF SIXES HIT BY VIRAT SO FAR IN HIS ODI CAREER (12,040 RUNS)- 124
Both Sachin and Virat fall in the run machine category. While Sachin is unparalleled in terms of how prolific he was with the bat across Tests and ODIs, Virat has been an unstoppable run machine. Which is why there is constant comparison between Virat and the man who he calls his idol and famously carried on his shoulders after India’s 2011 ODI World Cup title win.
In the context of being prolific, a quick look at the career strike rate (SR) for both players will also be an interesting read. The following graphic shows the comparison in strike rate between the two players, once again taking the 12,000 run milestone as a parameter.
The graphic shows that when Sachin had 12,015 runs (after the 98 run knock vs Pakistan in the 2003 ODI World Cup), his career strike rate was 86.65. He had a strike rate of 88.55 for the 4015 runs scored at home. In neutral venues (neither at home nor in the country of opposition) Sachin had a SR of 89.57. In away venues (home of the opposition) he had a SR of 79.69.
Virat in comparison, after completing 12,040 ODI runs (after his 63 run knock vs Australia in Canberra on Wednesday) has a career strike rate of 93.24. In ODIs played at home his SR is 96.89. In ODIs played in neutral venues (neither at home nor in the country of opposition) Virat has a SR of 90.43. In away venues (home of the opposition), his SR is 91.13.
Virat on Wednesday became the sixth batsman overall to get to the 12k ODI run mark. He leads the list in terms of least innings to get to the milestone, ahead of the likes of Sachin, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene.