Yet another Virat Kohli Century, First ever ODI Century in South Africa

Virat Kohli has made a habit of scoring International centuries in last 18-24 months which has seen Team India rise to greater heights. Kohli’s centuries have often led Indian to crucial wins especially when it comes to chasing down a steep target.

Virat Kohli’s 33rd ODI century

Kohli was at his imperious best once again when he scored his 33rd ODI century at Kingsmead Durban to guide India to their first ODI win in South Africa for over 7 years. It was Kohli’s first ODI century in South Africa as well.

Virat Kohli has scored a century in every country he has played

After his innings of 112, Kohli now holds the unique distinction of scoring an ODI century in every country he has batted. Kohli is yet to score an ODI century vs Pakistan in Pakistan, however, the Indian skipper is yet to bat in front of the hostile fans in Pakistan.

Out of the 33 ODI centuries, Kohli has scored 14 centuries in India, 5 centuries in Bangladesh, 4 centuries in both Australia and Sri Lanka, 2 centuries in West Indies, and 1 each in England, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and in South Africa.

Virat Kohli’s 54th Century

His innings at Durban saw Kohli score his 54th International century which has put him at the 5th position in overall top century scorers in International Cricket. Kohli has 33 test centuries and 21 ODI centuries to his name and is among the only 8 players in the history of Cricket to score 50 or more International centuries.

Sachin Tendulkar tops the list of most International centuries with 100 tons his name while Ricky Ponting (71), Kumar Sangakkara (63), and Jacques Kallis (62) follow the great Indian batsman. Next target for Kohli is Kallis’ overhaul of 62 International centuries which could get broken in next 12-14 months given how Kohli has been batting in recent seasons.

Virat Kohli’s 20th Century while chasing

Kohli is regarded as the best ever ODI batsman when it comes to chasing down a target and the Indian skipper once again proved that notion correct when he struck his 20th ODI century for Indian while chasing a target.

This was Kohli’s 37th century in a winning cause which has put him on level with Kumar Sangakkara at number 4 in the list of players with the most number of centuries in a winning cause. Only Hashim Amla (40), Sachin Tendulkar (53), Ricky Ponting (55) have scored more centuries to win the games for their country.

Kohli’s 11th ODI century as captain

Virat Kohli now has 11 ODI centuries as the Indian captain and has gone level with Sourav Ganguly in that sense. However, there is a huge contrast in the number of innings taken by both captains. While Kohli took only 41 innings to score 11 ODI centuries whereas Ganguly took 142 innings to reach the same milestone.

Overall, Kohli is now the 3rd highest century getter in ODI cricket as the captain with his 11th ODI ton. Leading the way is Australia’s Ricky Ponting with 22 centuries while Kohli’s next target is AB de Villiers who has scored 12 ODI centuries as the captain.


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