Virat Kohli’s 500th International Match
Indian batsman Virat Kohli has so far played 499 matches in his international career. Through the second Test match played against the West Indies, he will take the field for his 500th international match. Till now Kohli’s international career has been very spectacular. He is the second batsman to score maximum centuries in international cricket.
The second Test match between India and West Indies will be played from 20 July at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. In the first match played against West Indies, Kohli appeared in excellent rhythm. He scored 76 runs in 182 balls with the help of 5 fours while playing a durable innings. Kohli is the player to play more than 100 matches in all three formats for India.
Virat made his international debut in August 2008 through an ODI match against Sri Lanka. He has played 110 Tests, 274 ODIs and 115 T20 Internationals in his career so far. He has scored 8555 runs in Tests at an average of 48.88, 12898 runs in ODIs at an average of 57.32 and 4008 runs in T20 Internationals at an average of 52.73 and strike rate of 137.96. Kohli has scored a century in all three formats. He has scored 75 international centuries so far. Apart from this, he has scored 131 half-centuries. His career high score is 245 not out.
10th player to play 500 international matches
Virat Kohli will be the 10th player to play 500 matches in international career. So far, the record of playing the most international matches is in the name of former Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar. He has played 664 international matches in his career.
Top 10 players with most international matches
- Sachin Tendulkar – 664 matches.
- Mahela Jayawardene – 652 matches.
- Kumar Sangakkara – 594 matches.
- Sanath Jayasuriya – 586 matches.
- Ricky Ponting – 560 matches.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni – 538 matches.
- Shahid Afridi – 524 matches.
- Jacques Kallis – 519 matches.
- Rahul Dravid – 509 matches.
- Virat Kohli – 499 matches.