Virat Kohli continued to do what he does best as he notched up his 41st one-day international (ODI) century in the 3rd ODI against Australia in Ranchi. Coming into bat after the dismissal of Shikar Dhawan, Kohli took some time to settle down before going to play a perfect ODI knock. But not once did he control of his innings and went on to reach the three-figure mark in 85 balls.
This was his second successive hundred after his 40th in Nagpur. The Indian skipper was finally dismissed on 123 but that was not before he had smashed 16 fours and a six. With this hundred, Kohli is now eight centuries away from surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record, who leads the charts with 49 tons. This was Kohli’s 66th hundred across all formats and eighth versus Australia.
He now heads the list of batsmen with most hundreds in India vs Australia ODI’s. Sachin Tendulkar holds the previous record with seven of them. Kohli also became only the fourth Indian skipper to pile up 4,000 runs in ODI cricket. Kohli now joins the elite list of former skippers Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin, and Sourav Ganguly. To add to the list of statistics, Kohli, with 10,770 runs, also overtook Rahul Dravid’s mark of 10,768 in his 217th innings and is now third on India’s all-time ODI run table with only Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly ahead of him.