Virat Kohli overtakes Graeme Smith in ODI captain list

India skipper Virat Kohli may have missed another century in the second ODI against England, but still managed to achieve a major feat during his 66 runs in Pune. After becoming the fastest after scoring 10,000 runs on home ground in the first ODI against England, Kohli recorded his 62nd half-century on Friday.

During his innings, Kohli overtook former South African captain Graeme Smith, who climbed to 5th in the list of ODI captains with the most runs in the format.

Smith had scored 5,416 runs as captain in his career. Kohli was 41 runs short of Smith’s mark before the second ODI. He crossed the mark in the 24th over.

Number 1 on the list is former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who has scored 8497 runs in his 234 ODIs as captain.

The legend of Australia is a mythology of India. MS Dhoni is at number 2 with 6641 runs in 200 ODIs as captain. In third and fourth place are Stephen Fleming and Arjun Ranatunga.

However, Kohli has the best average and strike combination in that elite list. India’s captain is the only one in the list of more than 70 averages in ODI cricket as a captain. His strike is also better than around 100.

Meanwhile, England won the toss again in the second ODI and stand-in captain Jose Butler was elected to bowl. India made a change, bringing in Rishabh Pant for the injured Shreyas Iyer.

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