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5 world records broken by Virat Kohli in 2017

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Kohli broke records for fun in 2017
Kohli broke records for fun in 2017

2017 was a record-breaking year for Indian captain Virat Kohli. He finished the year as the leading run-getter in international cricket across all formats for the second consecutive year, despite being rested for the limited-overs leg of India's series against Sri Lanka at home.

For the second-consecutive year, he scored over 2,500 runs in international cricket and in the process broke plenty of world records. Aside from the Indian record for the most runs in a calendar year and most runs by an Indian captain in Tests and equaling the record for most Test double centuries by an Indian batsman, he also broke several world records in 2017.

Here are five world records broken by Virat Kohli in 2017:

Most ODI runs as captain in a calendar year

For 10 years, Ricky Ponting held the record for most ODI runs in a calendar year as a captain.

Enter Virat Kohli.

The man who has been breaking records for fun broke another in his first year as full-time ODI captain. 1424 runs was the record that Ricky Ponting created in 2007. Despite not playing India's final ODI series of the year, the three-match home series against Sri Lanka, Kohli broke the former Australian captain's record with consummate ease.

In the 26 ODIs that he played, Kohli scored an unreal 1,460 runs at an average of over 75. It wasn't just the runs that he scored but also the speed at which he got them, on a consistent basis. His strike rate of 99 speaks volumes for the impact that he made in each and every game.

On top of that, he scored six centuries and seven fifties, in the process, helping him go to second place (32) past Ricky Ponting in the list of most ODI centuries, behind only Sachin Tendulkar.

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