Virat Kohli reveals what helped him scale Mt 10K in record-breaking time

first_imgVirat Kohli is like a machine. It does sound clichéd but it is true of a man who has embraced the boring and the mundane in his quest for excellence. He is now the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs. Sachin Tendulkar took 259 innings to get to the landmark – Kohli did it in only 205.Kohli has a better strike rate than any of the other 12 batsmen by the time they brought up their 10,000th run. He already has 37 hundreds. On Wednesday, he became the quickest to 1,000 runs in a calendar year. Kohli took only 11 innings to storm to 1045 runs in 2018. These are mind-numbing numbers.Like 2017, 2018 has been remarkable for Kohli. He started off with the tour of South Africa where he smashed 871 runs across formats. Then came the tour of England and he buried the ghost of 2014 with a sensational run in the Test series. A short break thereafter and Kohli is back in business – a Test hundred and back-to-back ODI hundreds in the ODI series against the Windies.While the cricket fraternity celebrated a monumental effort, Kohli himself stayed cool, choosing instead to focus on his goals ahead. He is the No.1 batsman in Tests and ODIs and by far the most celebrated cricketet in the world but there is no sense of entitlement. He knows he still needs to work hard for every run after setting the bar so incredibly high for himself.Read – It is not easy being Virat Kohli: Harbhajan Singh to India TodayadvertisementKohli conceded he had never imagined he would get to this stage in his ODI career. He broke – in fact, he hammered – the record of a man he has idolised all his life. Kohli is breaking one record after another set by Sachin Tendulkar. When he got to his 10,000th run in Vizag, he had outdone the Master Blaster by 59 innings. That’s staggering.Read – Keep the runs flowing: Sachin Tendulkar welcomes Virat Kohli to Club 10,000Kohli remained humble and said he had never imagined getting to this point.”I feel very grateful and blessed. I never imagined I would get to this stage one day in one-day internationals career but it has happened and I am very, very thankful to God and I am very grateful right now,” Kohli told bcci.tv.SPECIAL: India captain @imVkohli speaks about scaling mount 10K and why the team will always hold prime importance before personal milestones. DO NOT MISS THIS – by @Moulinparikh #TeamIndia #INDvWIInterview Link – https://t.co/IFmGUsG6uB pic.twitter.com/aWlyUNSbjzBCCI (@BCCI) October 25, 2018″These things do not matter much but to understand that you have come this far in your career with playing for 10 years is something very special to me because I love this sport so much and you want to play it more and more. That for me is the most important thing and I am just happy that I have been able to play this long and hopefully for many more years to come,” he said.”I never thought I could achieve this feat or I would get to this stage. I always thought I just want to play for India.”I never thought this day would arrive one day and it just tells me that if you focus on the process and stay focussed on the right things, then these things become irrelevant after a while. My duty is to score runs and having done it for a long time, everything has collected for this moment but the intention should always be to look for what the team needs and get as many runs as possible. I have been able to push my physical abilities and mental abilities on what the team needs and in that process, more runs have been scored than otherwise.”Also Read – Pretty proud of my milestone: Virat Kohli after storming into 10,000-run clubKohli’s records and numbers are scarcely believable but he has a simple process which allows him to score all those runs with such breathtaking consistency.”I have just been focused on the situation and I am glad I have been able to help the team with the bat and as I said, it’s all about focussing on what the team needs and the situation demands. All these things look good from the outside as a package but from the inside as a player you know you are always focussed on the process,” he said.Stat – 1 tie, 4 losses and 8 wins: How batsmen fared on reaching 10,000 runsadvertisementAnd there is no arrogance or any sense of entitlement. Kohli knows he has a job to do, a job several other cricketers want. As the best batsman and the captain of the Indian national cricket team, Virat Kohli understands his responsibilities and duties well.”It is a great honour for me to represent my country. Even after playing for 10 years, I don’t feel I am entitled for anything here. You still have to work hard for every run you score at the international level because there are many people who want this very badly.”When you are in that position yourself, you should have the same hunger and passion. You should never take things for granted, never take it easy at any stage and if I have to dive six times in an over, I will do it for the team because that’s my duty and that’s why I am selected to play for my country. That’s not doing anyone a favour, that’s not showing anyone I am committed, that’s purely gaining an extra run for the team,” he said.(Written by Rajarshi Gupta)last_img read more

Harry Brook outshines big names to give Yorkshire hope against Essex

first_imgCricket Essex … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… County Championship Division Two Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Facebook County Championship Division One Topicscenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter match reports Jonny Bairstow, Alastair Cook and Joe Root are all on show here at one of the more extraordinary Championship matches in recent memory. But it is a star in the making, the teenager Harry Brook, who shone brightest with his maiden century as Yorkshire kept their hopes of a remarkable comeback win alive by setting Essex a target of 238 on day two and restricting them to 97 for four.England’s under-19s captain had posted a top score of 38 in seven previous first-class appearances, though he had shown enough in every one to suggest a much better return was close. And, in many ways, this was the perfect time to prove that correct with 124 off 187 balls.After being bowled out for 50 in the first innings on Friday – Yorkshire’s lowest total since 1973 – and conceding a lead of 92, they were up against it in testing batting conditions again yesterday. Brook was even replaced as opener by Bairstow as the visitors aimed to put the pressure back on to the champions.He arrived at the crease midway through the first evening and played superbly from No 3, taking a particular liking to Simon Harmer’s off-spin, regularly advancing down the pitch and lofting him over cover. It suggested a supreme confidence against spin, something that should take him a long way.He started day two unbeaten on 57 with Yorkshire at 161 for two and leading by 69 and advanced towards three figures – off 129 balls – for the first time with some comfort. A former Sedbergh School pupil, Brook moved from 90 to 98 by crunching Harmer twice through the covers for four. By this time he was in unison with the England Test captain, Root, who avoided his second duck in the match and made 35.Root must have been mighty impressed by a 19-year-old who has often spoken of the simplest of game plans: “It’s just see ball, hit ball,” he has been heard to say on more than one occasion. The pair hugged in celebration.Yorkshire will be frustrated, however, at not making the most of Brook’s work given they were very much on top midway through the afternoon at 276 for three, leading by 184. Either side of the second new ball their last seven wickets fell for 53, the first of which was Root bowled off the inside edge as he drove at Ravi Bopara’s medium pacers. Brook was then caught at long-on having miscued Harmer. In falling to spin in this instance, his strength proved to be his downfall.Peter Siddle finished with four wickets and eight in the match before Essex’s chase got off to a stuttering start, with Cook dropped on 20 in the slips before being bowled as he attempted to play Steve Patterson to leg for 26. Later in the 10th over, Patterson trapped Tom Westley lbw for his third straight duck, leaving the score at 34 for two. The metronomic seamer then struck twice more shortly afterwards before Dan Lawrence and Ryan ten Doeschate steadied.The Surrey captain, Rory Burns, having started day two on 137, fell seven short of a second career double century as his side posted a first-innings 434 against Worcestershire at the Oval before the visitors started their reply strongly. It was a similar story for Somerset, who scored 429 against Lancashire at Old Trafford. Keaton Jennings then reached 91 not out in a reply of 217 for two.In Division Two the South Africa Test opener Aiden Markram scored his third duck in three innings as Durham struggled against Leicestershire at the Riverside. Warwickshire are closing in on a home win over Derbyshire. Yorkshire Share on WhatsApp The Observer Support The Guardianlast_img read more