Do you know Virat Kohli hits 40th ODI Century and becomes the 2nd batsman to reach the mark?
Creaming the ball to all parts of the park in an exquisite and scintillating inning that saw him effortlessly reach his 40th century, Virat Kohli constructed the framework for India’s 500th win. The VCA Stadium in Nagpur played host to not only a man of the match performance by the Indian captain but also one of his finest ever 100s till date as he took all the onus on himself of crafting an extremely well-constructed win for India.
On a pitch that was sluggish, not allowing the ball to come onto the batsman with the spinners flourishing, Kohli found it extremely easy to flounder. He added his name to the prestigious list, becoming the second batsman in the world after Tendulkar to have achieved the colossal mark.
For Kohli though, such is the magnanimity of his grace, class and supreme skill set that this was not the only record the champion broke during his sublime innings. Waging a lone battle for India, he stamped his authority, showing how consistent he is in world cricket with this being his sixth consecutive score of 50 that has gone onto converting into a 100.
His 18th century as a captain also saw him become the quickest ever captain to reach the mammoth figure of 9,000 runs, coming in a time period where the rest had just managed 7,000 runs at best. In 224 matches, with 10,686 at an astonishing average of 60.03 and an equally impressive strike rate of 92.61, one that makes massive strides to reach 150 in the last 10 overs, Kohli’s 40 centuries and 49 half-centuries make for a staggering viewing. He is undoubtedly the world’ finest operator at the moment, indulging spectators in a myriad of world-class innings each time he comes out to bat.
Virat Kohli Hits 40th ODI Century
- The 116 runs against Australia at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur was Kohli’s 40th century, taking him to 10,686 runs in 224 matches. It was his 65th overall international century.
- This was his 7th ODI century against Australia, making him the first batsman in the world to score 7 plus centuries against 3 sides in the world. He has eight hundreds against Sri Lanka and seven each against West Indies and Australia.
- His enormous consistency has seen him become the highest run-getter over the last two years. In addition, his colossal 18,969 in 395 innings across all three formats of the game see him become the highest run amasser in international cricket in the last 10 years as well.
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- With his 40th century, Kohli also became the fastest captain to reach 9,000 runs, achieving them in 159 innings, adding his name to one of the 6 captains in the list. He was also the fastest to reach 4,000, 5,000, 6,000, 7,000 and 8,000 runs as a captain.
- With 18 centuries as a captain, Kohli is placed at the second spot in the list of most 100s as a captain.
- Kohli’s difference in quality as compared to his counterparts can be augured from the fact that Williamson, Root and Smith combined have 33 centuries as opposed to his solitary 40 wins.
- The rapturous form that Kohli finds himself in, see him score 33 centuries in winning causes. He has the most centuries to his name in the last year with 5 100s with 2 in this year itself. With 14 centuries since 2017, he has the most to his name in the two year period, making a one-two with Rohit Sharma who comes in at second place with 12.
- All of his last scores of 50 have gone onto converting into 100s.
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121 vs NZ, Mumbai, 2017
113 vs NZ, Kanpur, 2017
140 vs WIN, Guwahati, 2018
157* vs WIN, Vizag, 2018
107 vs WIN, Pune, 2018
103* vs AUS, Today, 2019