Despite his fabulous century going in vain, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is breaking records left, right and center. Last night in Wankhede, he came in when India were badly in need of a captain’s knck and boy did they get it and some! Kohli battled through the extreme humidity, sweating and running like there’s no giving up. He eventually did bring up his 31st ODI century in only his 200th ODI. He’s now become only the 2nd batsman to have scored a century on his 200th ODI alongside South African AB De Villiers.
In only his 200th ODI, Kohli has now become the second most ODI century holder (32) behind the legendary Sachin Tendulkar (49). In his glittering & already legendary career, Kohli has scored a mammoth 8888 runs in just 192 innings he played with an astonishing average of 55.55. Closest to him is De Villiers with 8621 runs with an average of 54.56 and a total of 24 centuries. In this statistics, Kohli has already eclipsed Tendulkar himself and the likes of Brian Lara, Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting.
The only batsman that can eclipse Kohli to most runs in 200 ODIs is Hashim Amla who’s currently on 7381 runs at an average of 51.25. Amla may well exceed Kohli in terms of centuries as the opener from South Africa has 26 tons in just 158 matches. Among Indian batsmen, only Sourav Ganguly had most runs (7747) with an average of 43.03 and joint-most centuries with Tendulkar (18) at that stage of the career. Kohli’s average is almost 14 runs better than Tendulkar (41.74).
Kohli showed his inner fighter instincts yesterday when he came in only during the 6th over and was dismissed on the 50th over. Kohli’s contributes 43.21% of the runs India scored in this innings. This was only the fourth time India scored less than 300 in first innings of an ODI that included a century by Kohli.
Kohli’s numbers have only got better and better as his career has progressed. He had averaged 45.67 in his first block of 50 ODIs, 51.81 in the second, 57.83 in the third and 68.10 in the latest set of block. He’s been at his peak during the last two years scoring a grand total of 2057 runs in 34 innings with at an average of 82.28 and a strike rate at 99.03. He’s also scored 10 tons during this timeline.
Kohli was known more for his influence during chasing targets. But in recent years, he’s contributed in both. Until 2015, his second innings average (61.34) was 22.31 runs better than in the first (39.03). But he’s upped his first innings drastically over the recent times. Since 2016, he averages 74.58 when batting first and 89.38 when chasing, which is a difference of just 14.80.