The cricketing world is set to witness a monumental milestone as the masterful Virat Kohli steps onto the field for his 500th international match against the West Indies in the second Test on Thursday, 20th July. With an illustrious career spanning numerous formats, Kohli’s journey to this landmark is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
As the Indian skipper gears up for this momentous occasion, his records and achievements speak volumes of his greatness. After 499 international matches, Kohli stands tall as the leading run-scorer with an astounding 25,461 runs, leaving behind legends like Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar. His insatiable hunger for runs has earned him an impressive tally of 75 centuries and 131 fifties, making him one of the most prolific batsmen in the history of the game.
Not just limited to batting feats, Kohli’s prowess as a leader is equally remarkable. With the joint most hundreds as a captain and the best average as a skipper, he has steered India to numerous memorable victories. His all-around brilliance is evident in the numerous Player of the Match and Player of the Series awards he has amassed over the years.
“His numbers and his stats speak”, Rahul Dravid said of Virat Kohli
Speaking about Virat Kohli’s 500th international game, India coach Rahul Dravid praised him. He said that his patience and dedication have been phenomenal. “I didn’t know that this was his 500th game. I am not a great one for numbers. It’s great to hear that. It’s fantastic; he’s a real inspiration to so many players within this team, without a doubt, and to so many boys and girls back home in India,” said Dravid.
“His numbers and his stats speak for themselves; it’s all there in the book. For me, what’s been great to see firsthand has been the effort and the work that he puts in behind the scenes when no one is watching. That is reflected in the fact that he has been able to play 500 games,” he added.
“That’s not come easy; that’s come because of a lot of hard work behind the scenes, a lot of sacrifices that he has made throughout his career, and he’s willing to continue to make. That’s great for a coach because you can see a lot of young players will look to that and be inspired by that,” Dravid continued.
Here is how fans reacted to Virat Kohli’s iconic game:
— Rajesh↙️ (@iamrajeshjena) July 20, 2023
Greatest Cricketer of All Time
— Virat Kohli Worldwide (@ViratianTweets) July 20, 2023
😂 not even greatest indian batsman of all time..
— Pointpod (@tylerdurdenp) July 20, 2023
— dk. (@primekohlii) July 20, 2023
-Most number of IPL trophies
-Most number of ICC trophies as Captain
-Captained Country to All Time Lowest Score in World Cricket
Guess you should add this as well
— astroamitk12 (@darkknightback) July 20, 2023
Goat 🐐 pic.twitter.com/yUUZyucm0V
— Keval_18 (@KevalVadoliya2) July 20, 2023
And BCCI have organised his 500th match against a 3rd class team which isn't even a Nation 🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️
India vs A club named West Indies.
— Unapologetic & Proud Hindu ❤️ (@ProudHindu_1995) July 20, 2023
Who is the other with most 100 s ?
— Vincent. (@VinciJ6) July 20, 2023
If trophy is the logic
Ricky ponting is the greatest batsman of all the time.
And south africa is worst.
And England was worst till last wc.
— Stuti Agrawal (@dr_stutiagrawal) July 20, 2023
The King , The God of cricket, The Superstar, The GOAT , The Conqueror, The Genius, The Runmachine, The face of World cricket, The Viraaaaaaaaat Kohli …. Take a bow 🔥👑❤️🐐🙌🙌🙌
— Kohlistani (@yashian_Sunil) July 20, 2023
Most followers of the cricketer on Instagram – Virat Kohli
— Anhud gupta 🇮🇳🇨🇦 (@gupta_anhud) July 20, 2023
Rare failure for the real king of cricket , will bounce back . pic.twitter.com/wVrBtSWzA6
— M.WAYNE 🦇| Tame impala❤️🔥 (@AK_FREAK_66) July 20, 2023
To get a duck on his 500th international match- Virat Kohli
— Bruno Fernandes🐐 (@OldManUtd8) July 20, 2023
Virat Kohli >>>> any other Cricketer
— ǫᴜᴇᴇɴ♔︎ (@sensiblegirll) July 20, 2023
this is KING KOHLI'S WORLD nd we are just livin in it ALL HAIL TO THE KING @imVkohli 👑💗
— dk. (@primekohlii) July 20, 2023
Virat Kohli the brand of cricket 🤌🏻
— Rudraditya (@rudraditya100) July 20, 2023
Hit a ton on your 500th international match king 👑
— Akash Parte (@akash_parte11) July 20, 2023
Most icc trophies ????
— THALA Junior (@THALAJuni0r) July 20, 2023
He might actually be the greatest to ever step on the field tbh
— Megh Doshi (@MeghDoshi4) July 20, 2023