Virat Kohli surpasses Graeme Smith in list of most ODI runs by a captain

Pune, Mar 26 (PTI): Virat Kohli surpassed former South Africa captain Graeme Smith in the list of most ODI runs scored as captain. During the 2nd ODI against England in Pune, the Indian captain found himself in the middle early after England won the toss and opted to field on Friday. Needing 41 runs to surpass Smith’s ODI tally of 5416 runs in 150 ODIs as captain, Kohli got the milestone in 50 balls. Australian great Ricky Ponting leads the list with 8497 runs in his 234 ODIs as captain, followed by MS Dhoni with 6641 runs in 200 ODIs as captain.
Stephen Fleming and Arjuna Ranatunga are in the third and fourth spots. At the start of the match, Kohli had 5376 runs in the 93 ODIs that he has played as a captain. Among the top 5, Kohli has the best average and strike-rate. Another milestone Kohli would achieve if he adds further 38 runs, is that of scoring 5000 ODI runs at home – a feat achieved only by Sachin Tendulkar (6976), Ricky Ponting (5406), and Jacques Kallis (5178).

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