Ind vs Eng 2nd ODI: Virat Kohli breaks Graeme Smith’s record as ODI captain- India skipper Virat Kohli has gone past former South Africa captain Graeme Smith’s tally as captain in ODIs. Kohli needed just 41 runs to break the record of Graeme Smith on the list of most run-scorer by a captain in ODIs.
Kohli is currently placed fifth on the elite list. Smith had scored 5416 runs in 150 ODIs as captain.
The skipper reached the milestone during the second ODI against England at MCA Stadium, Pune.
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is placed No.1 in the list with 8497 runs in 234 matches, MS Dhoni is placed second with 6641 runs in 200 ODIs.
Stephen Fleming and Arjun Ranatunga are placed 3rd and 4th on the elite list.
The skipper can break Ricky Ponting’s record if he breaks his century drought in ODIs. He is currently equal with Ricky Ponting with 43 centuries as captain.
Kohli can also equal Sachin Tendulkar who has smashed 20 centuries on home soil.
In the match, England’s stand-in skipper Jos Buttler won the toss and opted to field against India.
Buttler is leading the team as England on Thursday confirmed that regular skipper Eoin Morgan will miss the remaining two ODIs due to injury. Sam Billings is also unavailable for the match.
It was not only England who suffered an injury setback in the series opener, India too faced a blow after Shreyas Iyer hurt his left shoulder. Iyer has been ruled out of both the remaining games and is set to undergo surgery.
India made one change, bringing Rishabh Pant in for Iyer in the playing XI.