After winning the Test series against India, South Africa are finding it really challenging to even nudge India in the ongoing ODI series of six-matches. And riding on top of India’s sailing momentum from the first two ODIs is team captain Virat Kohli, who, apart from battering the South African bowlers, is also shattering the cricket records unflinchingly, something he has continued to do even in the 3rd ODI in Cape Town.
India won the toss in the 3rd ODI which was taking place at the Newlands stadium in Cape Town. Virat Kohli won the toss and chose for India to bat, while a Faf du Plessis-less South Africa were sent to field. As the Indian opening batsmen entered the crease, Rohit Sharma lost his wicket on duck, making way for Virat Kohli to come and take the show, and shatter another lot of cricket records.
Here are 5 records that Virat Kohli broke in 3rd ODI against South Africa:
1. Highest Centuries in ODIs as India captain
India skipper Virat Kohli is continuously shattering cricket records, everytime he steps on the crease. Kohli scored his 12th century as India captain in the 3rd ODI against the Proteas in Cape Town, and overtook former India captains – Sourav Ganguly (11), MS Dhoni (6) and Sachin Tendulkar (6), in the feat.
2. Second-highest ODI centuries ever
Playing in the 3rd ODI against South Africa in Cape Town, Virat Kohli scored his 34th ODI century. Doing so, Kohli became the cricketer with second-most ODI centuries, overtaking the cricketing greats – Ricky Ponting (30), Hashim Amla (28), and Sanath Jayasuriya (26), among others. The only single cricketer who Virat Kohli has not yet overtaken, is the cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, who has 49 ODI centuries to his name. It is not a matter of question if Virat Kohli will be able to break Tendulkar’s record, but when he will do so.
3. Highest ODI score by an Indian in South Africa
Virat Kohli scored a breathtaking 160-run knock not-out, and broke the record for the highest individual score by an Indian in South Africa. The Indian cricketers who were left behind by Kohli in India’s 3rd ODI against South Africa are – Sachin Tendulkar’s 152 runs against Namibia (2003), Sourav Ganguly’s 127 runs against South Africa (2001).
4. Least innings per 100 in ODIs
A parameter for a minimum eight centuries has been taken into consideration for this record.
Virat Kohli has been so consistent with his century-scoring, that he has overtaken every other cricketer in terms of innings taken to score a century. Kohli’s record is 5.79 innings per hundred. Speaking in simple words, it roughly means that the India captain scores a century in every 5 innings. An impressive record if we see the legends who Kohli has overtaken – Hashim Amla (6.04 innings), Quinton de Kock (6.92 innings), David Warner (7.43 innings), Shikhar Dhawan (8.17 innings).
5. Virat Kohli scores most 300+ runs in bilateral ODI series
Counting from the Test series which started in January between India and South Africa, Virat Kohli totalled 300+ runs with his 160-run knock coming in the 3rd ODI in Cape Town, making it his 6th time in a bilateral ODI series that he has totalled 300+ runs.
Kohli overtook former India captain Rahul Dravid, who had scored 300+ runs in 4 bilateral ODI series, Quinton de Kock (4 times), and Rohit Sharma (4 times).