Virat Kohli has become the first batsman to score the fastest 8000 runs in one day cricket.
There might hardly be ever a record that Sachin Tendulkar might not break. This was the general trend journalism had when the God of cricket was in his prime. And indeed Sachin sent on to score runs at will once he was set on the cricket field. No wonder, the master set numerous records.
But now, we are speaking in the same tone but for a different player. And he is none other than Virat Kohli - King Kohli as he is called by his fans. And he proved why he is the king by becoming the fastest to reach the 8000-run mark in ODI history.
Yes, Virat Kohli became the first batsman to score the fastest 8000 runs in limited overs international cricket.
And in this process, he has overtaken some big names in this gentleman's game. He took 175 innings to reach that magical figure. The nearest is Ab De Villiers who scored the same number of runs in 182 innings. Former India captain Saurav Ganguly needed 200 innings for those runs. West Indies batting great Brian Lara reached the 8000-mark in 211 innings. Even the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar needed 210 innings for reaching that number.
There's no doubt that Kohli is one of the best batsmen the world has seen. And of course, the others in the list aren't any less good either. They are also the best of their own era and don't forget there's Tendulkar on that list too. But then what's it that makes Virat Kohli at the top of the chart?
I am not degrading Kohli's abilities. He could have been the same, no matter what era of cricket we might be going through. But, In my personal opinion, I think, it is the change in the batting rules that has made it much easier for the likes of Kohli to score runs at faster rates. Field restrictions make it much easier for the potential batsmen to score quick and fast.
Do we doubt the batting greatness of someone like Brian Lara? No. He took 36 more innings than Kohli to reach 8000 runs because the playing conditions were very different in those days. Still, it takes something in you to even hit fours and sixes in field restrictions with equal authority that makes the world awestruck, right? And that's what makes Virat Kohli, King Kohli.