Kohli reached the milestone in his 205th ODI innings, 54 innings quicker than Tendulkar. The maestro took 259 innings to become the first batsman to reach the 10,000 run mark, after making his debut in 1989 against arch-rival Pakistan. "You should never take things for granted, never take it easy at any stage".
"There are many people who want this (playing for India) very badly".
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"If I have to dive six times in an over, I will do it because it is my duty and that is why I have been selected in the team". That's part of my job. I am just happy that I have been able to play for this long and hopefully many more years to go. It's not doing anyone a favour.
Kohli certainly seems unstoppable at the moment as he has followed up the century (140 off 107 balls) he had hit in the first ODI in Guwahati with another fine half-century in the ongoing 2nd ODI in Visakhapatnam. "I've just focused on the situation, and I'm glad that I've been able to help the team by contributing with the bat". Sachin Tendulkar had taken 11 years and 103 days while Rahul Dravid was fastest before Kohli reaching the mark in 10 years and 317 days.
Despite such glowing numbers, Kohli insisted that records meant nothing to him in front of representing India. "But to understand that you have come this far in your career after playing for 10 years is something quite special to me because I love the sport so much and I want to play it more and more".