For someone who has developed a knack for shattering records at will, Virat Kohli romped his way to yet another individual milestone as he brought up his 40th hundred in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) on 5th March.
Carrying the baton for his side, Kohli led from the front as he hammered the opposition bowlers all around the park during his strokeful innings of 116 runs including 10 fours against Australia in the 2nd ODI in Nagpur. In the process, the Delhi lad became only the second man to reach 40 ODI hundreds after great Sachin Tendulkar who currently leads the list with 49 tons.March 5, 2019
Coming out to bat, with India reeling at 0/1 following the early dismissal of Rohit Sharma, Kohli held the fort at one end as he stitched crucial partnerships with his teammates to stabilise the innings for his side and ensure they managed to post a competitive total of 250 runs. As he reached the 22-run mark, the 30-year-old also reached 9,000 international runs as a captain. He achieved the feat in 159 innings while breaking Ricky Ponting's record that was notched up by the Aussie great in 203 innings.March 5, 2019
Kohli also became the sixth player to score 9,000 runs in international cricket as captain. Graeme Smith (220 innings), MS Dhoni (253), Allan Border (257), Stephen Fleming (272) are the other former captains in the list. Later, Kohli also brought up his 50th ODI fifty and now boasts of over 10,570 runs in the 50-over format with a brilliant average of over 59.
#KingKohli Has Completed 9,000 International Runs As Captain ð®ð³
159 -- Innings*
9000 -- Runs
66.66 -- Average
35 -- ð¯
4515 -- Test
3879 -- ODI
606 -- T20i#INDvAUS #AUSvIND @imVkohli
Congratulations skipper #ViratKohli ðððð pic.twitter.com/cWGLiNBNJ4
Overall, it was Kohli's 7th ODI hundred against Australia, two less than Tendulkar, who also leads the list of most hundreds by a batsman in India-Australia ODIs. For a man who had a sensational run in 2018 where he scored 11 tons across formats, Kohli appears to be in ominous form this year.
Already touted as one of the greats, Kohli has been enjoying a sensational run ever since he took over MS Dhoni as India's captain in 2017. The right-hander has slammed 18 hundreds while leading India in ODI cricket. As many as 24 of his 40 ODI tons have come while chasing - something that proves how efficient he has been under pressure.
On a day, when other Indian batsmen failed to get going, Kohli stepped up to the task and aided his side with a brilliant knock. There was no surprise to see 'King Kohli' drawing plaudits on the social media following his majestic innings.
Top innings. Another day at work. Century for Virat Kohli. 40 in 224 innings is an unreal stat.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 5, 2019 March 5, 2019 March 5, 2019
Virat Kohli will have 50 ODI hundreds by year end. #INDvAUS— Jamie Alter (@alter_jamie) March 5, 2019
After 224 ODIs -
Sachin Tendulkar - 8350 runs, ave 42.6, SR 86.45, 23 hundreds, 44 fifties
Virat Kohli - 10686* runs, ave 60.03, SR 92.61, 40 hundreds, 49 fifties.
It isn't even close for the best ODI batsman ever any more. Kohli wins hands down.
Sources: Virat Kohli looking to break Sachin's ODI record by early 2020.— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) March 5, 2019
I mean, Kohli's last 10 hundreds came in his last 25 innings. That is just ridiculous. Otherworldly.— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 5, 2019 March 5, 2019
ODI century No. 40 for Kohli. In Rome, they would have said that he XLs as a batsman.#MildSelfThoo— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) March 5, 2019
I'm shooting so didn't get a chance to watch, but I hear another top knock by Kohli.
The hurry that he's in, I won't be surprised if he goes past 50 ODI centuries by the end of the WC ðð½#KingKohli #INDvAUS