India versus Australia: Virat Kohli could outdo Brian Lara in ODI's against Australia

NEW DELHI: After becoming the first Indian captain to guide his team to a Test series win against Australia in Australia, Virat Kohli is on the verge of adding another feather to his illustrious cap.

Kohli needs 173 runs in the three-match ODI series against Australia to go past West Indies’ batting legend and former captain Brian Lara on the tally of most ODI runs.

Kohli is currently 12th on the list and if he manages to score 173 or more runs in the three-match series against Australia, starting January 12, the Indian skipper will jump to 10th place on the elite list, going past Lara and Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Kohli has played 216 ODIs in his career so far, while Lara played 299 ODIs, scoring 10,405 runs at an average of 40.48, including 19 centuries and 63 fifties, in his glittering career.

With 10,290 runs under his belt in 330 ODIs, former Sri Lankan batman Dilshan is 11th in the list.

Kohli surpassed batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest batsman to amass 10,000 runs in ODIs.

Kohli reached the milestone in his 205th ODI innings, 54 innings quicker than Tendulkar.

Besides Kohli and Tendulkar (18,426), the other Indian batters to achieve the 10K-run feat are former skippers Sourav Ganguly (11,363), Rahul Dravid (10,889) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10173).