Virat Kohli on Sunday cracked his 46th One-Day International (ODI) century against Sri Lanka at the Greenfield International Stadium, and is now just 4 centuries away from breaking the record of most ODI hundreds by an Indian player.
For his scintillating unbeaten century, @imVkohli gets the Player of the Match award as #TeamIndia win by 317 runs.
With this latest achievement, Kohli is now just four ODI centuries away from rewriting the record for maximum ODI hundreds, presently held by Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar who has scored 49 ODI hundreds in his career.
This century also marked Kohli’s 74th hundred in international cricket. He reached the milestone by hitting 10 fours and 1 six. In addition to his ODI record, Kohli also broke Tendulkar’s record for most centuries scored at home, with 21 hundreds to his name at home now.
Virat Kohli‘s latest century also propelled him into the top 5 list of batters with the most ODI runs in history, leapfrogging Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene. He is now only behind Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting, and Sanath Jayasuriya in this elite list.
It is worth noting that Virat Kohli ended his ODI century drought during India’s tour of Bangladesh at the end of last year. The number 3 batter had remained century-less for 1214 days. With a packed ODI calendar in the 10-month window leading up to the World Cup in October-November, it is likely that Kohli will break more ODI records.
In the match, India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka. India made two changes to the playing XI, bringing in Suryakumar Yadav and Washington Sundar in place of Hardik Pandya and Umran Malik.
Sri Lanka also made a couple of changes, bringing in Ashen Bandara and Jeffrey Vandersay for Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage. India is currently leading the three-match series 2-0.
Virat Kohli has set numerous records and accolades
Virat Kohli is considered as one of the best captain in Indian cricket history. His success is evident through his numerous records and accolades. In One Day International cricket, he is considered as one of the best in the world, He has scored over 12,000 runs in the format, hitting more than 40 centuries, and has captained India to numerous series wins, including in Asia Cup 2018. He also holds the record for the fastest century by an Indian in ODIs.
In test cricket, He has scored more than 7,000 runs, hitting 27 centuries and has led India to several series wins, including historic wins in Australia and in away series against South Africa, New Zealand and England. He also holds the record for the fastest century by an Indian in Test cricket.
He also holds numerous records in the Indian Premier League, where he has captained the Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2013. He has been named the tournament’s most valuable player twice, and has been the leading run-scorer four times.
In addition to his on-field success, Kohli is also one of the most marketable athletes in the world, with numerous endorsement deals and a huge fan following. He is considered one of the best and most consistent batsmen in the world and his records and achievements speak for themselves.