Virat Kohli is now the only third captain, after Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni, to lead India to final of the ICC tournament as limited overs captain. During India’s win over Bangladesh in the second semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, the 28-year old Kohli became the fastest and the second youngest batsman to reach to 8000 ODI runs.
Kohli reached the milestone in his 175th innings, after his unbeaten knock of 96 in the semi-final clash against Bangladesh at Edgbaston. He bettered AB de Villiers record, who had taken 182 innings and 10 years 205 days.
The right-handed batsman tops the ICC ODI rankings and was faster than Ganguly, Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies’ Brian Lara to reach the 8000-run mark in the fifty-over format.
On the back of Rohit Sharma’s 123 not out and Kohli’s unbeaten 96, India booked their place in Sunday’s Champions Trophy final against Pakistan at Kennington Oval. This was Kohli’s 42nd ODI half-century.