If the Indian skipper will make 18 runs in this match that he will become the first Indian cricketer to make 2000 runs in the T-20 worldwide.
Kohli also became the first Indian batsmen ever to have breached the 900-point mark in ODIs, extending his lead over de Villiers.
Kohli now needs to score 175 runs in the final two T20I matches to go past Richards' record and considering the 29-year-old's form, the feat may not be beyond him.
Former India wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani has lauded the manner in which the national cricket team has bounced back after losing the Test series in South Africa, saying the Virat Kohli-led side showcased its real potential and talent in the ODI series triumph. He smashed 558 runs - a new record - in the six games, scoring at an astounding average of 186 a piece. India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who aggregated 323 runs in the South Africa series, is another notable gainer in the latest rankings even as a clutch of Indian bowlers made rapid strides in the latest rankings, including the wrist-spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuleep Yadav.
In the bowling charts, Jasprit Bumrah, with his tally of eight wickets in six matches, climbed up to the top, and now holds the first position jointly with Rashid Khan, who bagged 16 wickets in five matches to cripple Zimbabwe in an ODI series in Sharjah.
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As for the bowlers' rankings, Jasprit Bumrah and Rashid Khan have taken the joint-top position with 787 points. He has also moved up 11 slots to take 114th place among batsmen.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who played only in the first ODI against India and scored a fine century, moved up one position to reach the eighth spot.
Meanwhile, India (123) continued to top the ODI team rankings, followed by South Africa (117) and England (116).
Virat Kohli achieved his career-best ODI rating in the ICC player rankings on Tuesday. Afghanistan have gained four points to take the 10th position with 55 points while Zimbabwe have lost three to lie on 50 points.