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Virat Kohli `grateful and blessed` on reaching the 10000 runs mark in ODIs

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Virat Kohli said he felt "grateful and blessed" after he became the quickest batsman in terms of innings and balls to breach the 10,000-run mark during the second One Day International between India and West Indies in Visakhapatnam.
The Indian captain, who has already notched up plenty of batting records in a glittering ten-year career, added another feather to his cap when he became the fifth Indian batsman and 13th overall to pass the 10k-run milestone in the 50-over format. He took just 205 innings to reach the landmark, an incredible 54 innings lesser than the previous record holder, Sachin Tendulkar.
In an interview with bcci.tv., Kohli said that he "never imagined" he will join the 10k-run club when he first started as an international cricketer back in 2008.
"I feel really grateful, I feel really blessed. I never imagined I would get to this stage in my one-day career, but it's happened and I'm very thankful to God, I'm very grateful right now," Kohli said.
"To understand that you have come this far in your career, playing for 10 years, is something which is quite special to me because I love the sport so much, and you want to play it more and more, and that to me is the most important thing.
"I'm just happy that I've been able to play for this long and hopefully many more years to come."
The 29-year-old, who is ranked No.1 on the ICC batting charts, is inarguably the best batsman in the 50-over format currently in the world. In 213 ODIs Kohli has amassed 10,076 runs with 48 half-centuries and 37 centuries at an average of 59.62. In fact, since the start of 2016, his average reads a Bradmanesque 95.44.

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