India captain Virat Kohli achieved yet another landmark in his glittering one-day international career.
He became the second batsman-ever to score a hundred in his 200th ODI in the opening match against New Zealand at the Wankhede. He is also the leading run-getter after 200 ODIs ahead of AB De Villiers (8,621) and Sourav Ganguly (7,747).
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AB de Villiers was the first to score a hundred on his 200th ODI. This is Kohli’s 31st ODI hundred.
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In the process, he has now overtaken former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who has 30 ODI hundreds to his name. Kohli is now second in the list of most hundreds scored in the 50-over format, just behind Sachin Tendulkar, who leads the pack with 49 tons.
Kohli walked in after India lost Shikhar Dhawan early in the innings for 9 with the score at 16/1 from 3.2 overs. He settled in with Rohit Sharma but soon the latter fell and so did Kedar Jadhav, who walked in after the fall of Rohit’s wicket.
With India in a spot of bother at 71/3 from 15.2 overs, it was up to the captain to carry the innings forward.
In came Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kohli started playing more freely and getting more runs as the senior pro slowly settled into his stride.
He finally completed his ton in the 45th over with single off the bowling of Tim Southee.
Kohli’s 125-ball innings of 121 were studded with nine fours and two sixes.
Kohli’s form has been scintillating this season and he is only carrying that forward. He is the leading run-getter in the calendar year in ODIs. He has scored 1312 runs from 24 matches, hitting five centuries and eight fifties at an average of 82.00.