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Kohli breaks 26-year-old record of most ODI runs against Windies

Also, Kohli notched up his 42nd ODI ton, and in the process surpassed Sourav Ganguly to become the 2nd highest run-scorer for India in ODIs

Port-of-Spain: India captain Virat Kohli on Sunday shattered a 26-year-old record when he surpassed Pakistan's Javed Miandad for most runs by any batsman in ODIs against the West Indies.

Meanwhile, India were 233 for four when rain interrupted play. Opting to bat, skipper Virat Kohli made 120 off 125 balls to anchor India's innings. Besides, Shreyas Iyer was unbeaten on 58 when the skies opened up in the second delivery of the 43rd over.

Kohli was 19 runs shy of the landmark when he came into bat in the second ODI against the West Indies and he overtook Miandad's tally of 1930 runs with a single in the fifth over bowled by Jason Holder.

This was Kohli's 34th ODI against the West Indies while Miandad had accumulated his runs from 64 matches.

The prolific Indian captain has so far hit seven hundreds against the West Indies and has an average of over 71 in ODIs against the Caribbeans.

Australia's Mark Waugh is a distant third with 1708 runs from 47 matches, followed by South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis (1666 runs in 40 matches) and Pakistan's Rameez Raja (1624 runs in 53 matches). Kohli played his first ODI against West Indies in the 2009 Champions Trophy in Johannesburg in which he scored an unbeaten 79. His first hundred against the West Indies came in 2011 in Visakhapatnam.

Kohli's domination against the West Indies cane be gauged from the fact that he struck four back-to-back centuries against them between July 2017 and October 2018.

Meanwhile, Kohli on Sunday also notched up his 42nd ODI ton, and in the process surpassed Sourav Ganguly to become the second highest run-scorer for India in ODI cricket.

Ganguly scored 11,221 runs in 297 innings while Kohli took 229 innings to go past the former skipper. Soon after Kohli broke his record, Ganguly tweeted: "Virat kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI .. what a player."

Thirty-year-old Kohli is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, who has a whopping 18,426 runs to his name which he accumulated over 452 innings. Kohli is now the seventh highest run scorer in ODIs overall behind Jacques Kallis, Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Tendulkar.

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