Virat Kohli on cusp of joining MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin in elite list

Written by Vishwas Gupta

India are set to lock horns with Australia in the third ODI of the five-match series at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, as Virat Kohli is just 27 runs away from joining the likes of MS Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly in an elite list. If Kohli manages to score 27 runs then the 30-year-old will become only the 12th cricketer to score past the 4000-run mark as a captain in ODI cricket and will only be the fourth Indian skipper to do so.

In ODIs, Kohli has 3973 runs while captaining the side, whereas Dhoni had scored 6641 runs as the Indian skipper in the shorter format of the game. Azharuddin and Ganguly had 5239 and 5104 runs respectively to their name as an Indian ODI skipper.

If India manage to clinch a win against the visitors in the third ODI, then it would be 50th ODI win for the Men in Blue against the Aussies and the Kohli-led side will become the third team to do so after England and West Indies.

Meanwhile, India have a 2-0 lead in the series after defeating Australia in the first two ODIs by six wickets and eight runs respectively. The Men in Blue came back strong after back-to-back T20I bilateral series defeat to New Zealand and Australia as the preparations for the upcoming 2019 World Cup continue for the Indian team.


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