1. Virat Kohli scores 31st ODI century; goes past Ricky Ponting, only behind Sachin Tendulkar

Virat Kohli scores 31st ODI century; goes past Ricky Ponting, only behind Sachin Tendulkar

Ponting had scored 30 ODI tons in his career while Sachin retired after scoring 49.

By: | Updated: October 22, 2017 6:02 PM
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Indian cricket team’s captain Virat Kohli added yet another feather to his cap by scoring his 31st ODI century against New Zealand. With this, Kohli went past Ricky Ponting on the list of highest ODI centuries and is now only behind the great Sachin Tendulkar. Ponting had scored 30 ODI tons in his career while Sachin retired after scoring 49. Kohli achieved this feat in just his 200th ODI while Sachin had played 463 ODIs to score his 49 tons. India is playing against Kiwis in 1st game of the series.

Kohli (121) got to a double milestone today by scoring a hundred on his 200th ODI, a feat only achieved by Ab de Villiers of South Africa. Kohli has 17 hundreds to his name in the five-day format. However, it can be said that today’s knock was not among Kohli’s most fluent knocks as Wankhede pitch was on the slower side and the sapping humidity made batting tricky. By reaching the three-figure mark, Kohli also became only the third Indian to score an ODI hundred at Wankhede after Tendulkar (1996 against South Africa) and Mohammad Azharuddin (1987 against Sri Lanka).

Reacting to Kohli’s century, VVS Laxman showered praise on the batsman and wondered what he would achieve in upcoming time. “No 31 for Virat Kohli.What unbelievable consistency. Only 200 matches thus far, sky is the limit for what he will achieve in next 9-10 yrs (sic)” VVS said.

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