Virat Kohli’s ODI century, equals Tendulkar’s century record


Virat Kohli's ODI century

KOLKATA: Renowned Indian cricketer Virat Kohli achieved another milestone by delivering another century in the One Day International (ODI).

With 49 centuries to his name, Virat Kohli also equaled the record for the most centuries in ODI cricket and matched the record previously held by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

This time around, he delivered a sensational century against South Africa, with the help of his impressive innings comprising 10 boundaries.

Virat Kohli displayed his masterful skills by scoring 100 runs off 119 deliveries against South Arfrica in the ICC World Cup. Remarkably, this century was achieved on the day of his birthday, making it an even more special occasion for the talented batsman.

On this unforgettable day, Kohli not only celebrated his birthday but also equaled the record for the most centuries in ODI cricket.

Kohli’s remarkable performance has not only cemented his position as one of the world’s finest batsmen but has also propelled India to a remarkable victory against South Africa. This century is a testament to his exceptional talent and unwavering commitment to the sport.

Virat Kohli is one of the most prolific run-scorers in the history of ODI cricket. He has scored 49 centuries in 286 matches, with an average of 58.04 and a strike rate of 93.25. He is second only to Sachin Tendulkar, who has 49 centuries in 463 matches, with an average of 44.83 and a strike rate of 86.23.

Kohli made his ODI debut on August 18, 2008, against Sri Lanka at Dambulla. He scored 12 runs off 22 balls in a low-scoring match that India lost by eight wickets.  He scored his first ODI century on December 24, 2009, against the same team at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. He made 107 off 114 balls and helped India chase down 316 with seven balls to spare.

Since then, Kohli has scored centuries against every ODI-playing nation, except Afghanistan and Ireland. He has scored the most centuries against Australia (9), followed by Sri Lanka (8) and West Indies (7). He has scored 26 centuries while chasing and 23 while batting first. He has scored 21 centuries at home and 28 away or at neutral venues. He has scored 11 centuries in ICC tournaments, including three in World Cups.

Kohli’s highest ODI score is 183, which he made against Pakistan in the 2012 Asia Cup at Dhaka. He faced 148 balls and hit 22 fours and one six. He shared a 172-run partnership with Rohit Sharma and a 133-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar. India successfully chased down 330 with 13 balls remaining.

Kohli also holds the record for the fastest ODI century by an Indian. He scored 100 not out off 52 balls against Australia at Jaipur in 2013. He reached his century in 48 balls, breaking the previous record of 52 balls held by Virender Sehwag. He hit eight fours and seven sixes in his innings. India chased down 360 with 39 balls remaining.

Kohli has completed 15 years in international cricket, having made his debut in 2008. He has played 111 Tests, 286 ODIs and 115 T20Is, scoring a total of 26,209 runs across all formats. He has 79 international centuries, including 29 in Tests and one in T20Is. He is widely regarded as one of the best batsmen of his generation and one of the greatest of all time.

Tendulkar total centuries

Sachin Tendulkar has scored the highest number of centuries in Test matches and ODI matches organised by the International Cricket Council. His total of 51 centuries in Test matches and 49 in ODIs are world records for highest number of centuries by a batsman. He became the first and only cricketer to score 100 international centuries when he made 114 against Bangladesh in March 2012.

Tendulkar made his Test debut in 1989 and achieved his first century against England at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1990; he made 119 not out. In Test matches, Tendulkar has scored centuries against all the Test cricket playing nations, and is the second batsman to score 150 against each of them. He has scored a century in at least one cricket ground of all Test cricket playing nations, except Zimbabwe. He made his highest score in 2004, when he made 248 not out against Bangladesh at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka. Tendulkar has scored six double centuries and remained unbeaten on 15 occasions. His centuries have come in 30 different cricket grounds, with 27 of them being scored in venues outside India.

Tendulkar made his ODI debut in 1989 and scored his first century in the format in 1994 against Australia in Colombo. In ODIs, Tendulkar has scored centuries against 11 different opponents. He has scored centuries against all cricketing nations that have permanent One Day International status. He was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs, which he scored against South Africa at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior in 2010. He has scored 19 ODI centuries in India, compared to 30 in away or neutral venues. Seven of these centuries were hit at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium.

Tendulkar’s list of 100 centuries is a remarkable feat of consistency, skill and longevity. He has been admired by fans, peers and legends alike for his passion, dedication and excellence in the game of cricket. He is widely regarded as the master of the art of batting and a true ambassador of the sport.

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