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7 batsmen with more international runs than Virat Kohli

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28 Oct 2019, 21:05 IST

Virat Kohli - The run machine
Virat Kohli - The run machine

Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the T20I series against Bangladesh, continued his excellent run in the three-match home Test series against South Africa which India won 3-0. While Rohit Sharma was the exceptional performer of the series with two hundreds and a double century, Kohli also made his presence felt with a career best 254 not out at Pune. Thanks to the captain’s knock, India went on to win the Test by an innings and 137 runs.

During the course of the series, the Indian skipper also overtook Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya to jump to eighth position in the list of batsmen with most international runs. Kohli now has 21,036 runs in international cricket with 69 hundreds and 98 fifties. Jayasuriya ended his illustrious career with 21,032 runs, including 42 hundreds and 103 half-centuries. While Jayasuriya got his runs in 586 matches, Kohli has played 393 so far.

In this feature, we take a look at seven batsmen who have more international runs than Kohli, most of whom the Indian captain is likely to overtake before he finishes his career.

#7 Brian Lara

Brian Lara
Brian Lara

The West Indian genius Brian Lara has 22,358 international runs to his credit. Lara notched up 53 hundreds and 111 fifties in his memorable career with a best of 400 not out, which remains the world record score in Test cricket.

The retired left-hander amassed 11,953 runs in 131 Tests with 34 hundreds and 48 fifties. In ODIs, the southpaw has 10,405 runs from 299 ODIs with 19 hundreds and 63 fifties.

#6 Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid makes it to the list on the back of a stupendous international career. Dravid amassed 24,208 international runs in his career with 48 hundreds, 146 fifties and a best of 270 in the Rawalpindi Test of 2004.

In 164 Tests, Dravid scored 13,288 runs with 36 hundreds and 63 fifties. In 344 ODIs, he totalled 10,889 runs with 12 centuries and 83 half-centuries. Dravid featured in a sole T20I game, in which he scored 31.

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