Indian captain Virat Kohli produced yet another batting masterclass in the 3rd ODI at Newlands in Cape Town against South Africa, to score the 34th ODI hundred of his decade-long career. During his sublime knock of 160 runs, Kohli also surpassed Sourav Ganguly’s record (127 at Johannesburg in 2001) of highest individual score by an Indian against South Africa in South Africa.
How Virat Kohli’s 34th ODI century unfolded in 3rd ODI
After being put in to bat first by South African skipper Aiden Markram, India lost opener Rohit Sharma in the first over of the innings. Kohli stitched together a fine partnership with Shikhar Dhawan who looked in extremely good touch until throwing his wicket away when he was on 76. Post Dhawan’s dismissal, the Indian captain took control of the innings and kept the scoreboard ticking with continuous downfall of wickets at the other end.
Kohli’s unbeaten 160 off 159 balls helped India to a total in excess of 300 and was followed by yet another display of magical spin bowling by Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who shared 8 wickets among themselves and skittled the Proteas out for a paltry 179-all out, giving India an unassailable 3-0 lead in the six-match series.
Sachin Tendulkar, David Warner lead the tributes for India captain on Twitter
Here is the list of cricket stalwarts who congratulated Kohli on his 34th ODI century
Following Kohli’s sensational hundred, praise and congratulatory messages poured in from all quarters on social media, with former and current cricketers leading tributes for the ODI master. Among them Kohli’s role model and batting great Sachin Tendulkar who lauded the Indian skipper’s appetite for scoring centuries.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 7, 2018
Tendulkar was also joined by Australian vice-captain David Warner, Virat Kohli’s contemporary and competitor, who took to Twitter, and praised Kohli, saying, “He’s on a different level this bloke wow. What a player.”
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) February 7, 2018
Apart from Sachin Tendulkar and David Warner, other former and current cricketers also took to their official Twitter accounts to congratulate Virat Kohli on his 34th ODI century, which came in the 3rd ODI of the six-match series against South Africa.
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) February 7, 2018
Well played @imVkohli One of the best ODI 100’s I have seen. Played with a lot of maturity and responsibility especially when the team was under pressure.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 7, 2018
India’s run machine has done it again! 34th ODI 100. What a player!@ImVKohli May this form of yours go on and on! SAvsIND
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) February 7, 2018
— Murali Vijay (@mvj888) February 7, 2018
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) February 7, 2018
— Karun Nair (@karun126) February 7, 2018
No words to describe Virat Kohli ‘s consistency. Other good batsman look really ordinary once you watch him bat. What a joy to watch him score hundreds for fun. 34 of them now and this , one of his best #INDvSA
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 7, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 7, 2018
The best ODI player of all time!!! https://t.co/uC7maG161U
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) February 8, 2018
En-route his 34th ODI century, Virat Kohli also broke some other records, quite a norm now. He became the he first Indian batsman to score a hundred against South Africa at Newlands. Only Ganguly previously had an ODI century at this ground, but that came against Kenya in March 2003.
With 12 hundreds as captain, Virat Kohli also went Ganguly’s record of most hundreds as Indian ODI captain. It must be noted here that while Ganguly scored 11 centuries in 142 innings as captain, Kohli now has 12 hundreds in just 43 innings as skipper.
Virat Kohli, with 318 runs in this series so far, now also has the most runs for a visiting batsman in a bilateral ODI series against South Africa in South Africa. Ricky Ponting, with 283 runs in 2001-02, was the previous best.