Virat Kohli smashes his 46th ODI century; becomes 5th-highest run-scorer
Extending his purple patch, Virat Kohli recorded his 46th ODI ton in the third and final ODI of the series versus Sri Lanka. He has now also become the fifth-highest run-getter in the format, having replaced Mahela Jayawardene. Kohli, who scored 113 in the opener, also became the first batter to score 10 ODI tons versus a single team. Here are his stats.
A well-paced knock from Kohli
India were off to a flier after opting to bat first in Thiruvananthapuram. Kohli arrived at number three with the scorecard reading 95/1. He added to SL's agony with a century stand (135 runs) alongside Shubman Gill for the second wicket. Kohli ended up scoring an unbeaten 166 off 110 balls, a knock laced with 13 boundaries and eight sixes.
Fifth-highest run-getter in ODIs
Kohli has now displaced SL legend Jayawardene as the fifth-highest run-getter in ODIs. The latter finished his career with 12,650 runs in 448 games at 33.37. The former Indian skipper now owns 12,754 runs in 268 ODI appearances. . Only Sachin Tendulkar (18,426), Kumar Sangakkara (14,234), Ricky Ponting (13,704), and Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430) are now ahead of Kohli in terms of ODI runs.
Second-highest score in ODI cricket
Meanwhile, this was the fifth instance of Kohli scoring 150 or more in ODI cricket. It was also his second-highest score in the format. Notably, Kohli, for the first time, smashed as many as eight sixes in an ODI match.
A look at his ODI numbers
Notably, Kohli averages 58.24 in ODIs. No other batter with at least 5,000 runs in the format boasts a better average. Meanwhile, his strike rate reads 93.68. His tally of 46 ODI tons is only second to Tendulkar (49). Kohli also owns 65 half-centuries in ODI cricket. The batter's 183 versus Pakistan in 2012 remains his best score in the 50-over format.
Sensational numbers versus Sri Lanka
As mentioned, Kohli now owns most ODI centuries against a particular team, 10 versus SL. During his knock, he also surpassed MS Dhoni in terms of runs in IND versus SL ODIs. While the latter finished his career with 2,383 runs vs SL, Kohli now owns 2503 runs in 50 games at 64.17 (11 fifties). Tendulkar (3,113) tops the scoring list.
Most tons in home ODIs
Kohli has now racked up the most centuries in home ODIs, 21 in 104 games. He went past Tendulkar, who scored 20 such tons. Meanwhile, Kohli's tally of 74 international hundreds is also only second to Tendulkar (100).
Home, away, and neutral record
At home, Kohli has overall scored 5,303 runs in 104 ODIs at 60.26. The tally also includes 25 fifties besides 21 tons. At the opposition's home, the talismanic batter has racked up 5,333 runs in 115 games at 56.13 (100s: 21, 50s: 25). Kohli has also mustered 2,118 runs in 49 neutral ODI venues at 58.83 (100s: 4, 50s: 14).
How did India's innings pan out?
India, who are 2-0 up in the series, are eyeing a clean sweep. They couldn't have asked for a better start. While Rohit Sharma contributed with 42 off 49 balls, Gill brought up his second ton in the format, scoring 116 off 97 balls. Shreyas Iyer also contributed with a handy 32-ball 38 as India posted 390/5 in their 50 overs.