Virat Kohli scored his 39th ODI score and became the eleventh-highest run-getter of the format during the second ODI against Australia in the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. He played superbly for his 104 of 112 balls before dropping to Jhye Richardson. Kohli is already in second place of most of the century makers in one-day internationals and on a day when India needed his captain for a steep chase, he brought forth another master class.
This is Virat Kohli’s sixth ODI one hundred against Australia. Only Sachin Tendulkar (9) and Rohit Sharma (7) have scored more ODI centuries against the Aussies. The great West Indian Desmond Haynes also scored 6 hundredths against Australia. This was also Kohlis fifth in Australia.
This was Kohli’s first ODI 100 against Australia since January 20, 2016 in Canberra. In the next three years Kohli played seven ODIs against the Australians before the game in Adelaide, but reached on September 21, 2017, a Best of 92 in the Eden Gardens.
Kohli has now scored 24 ODI hundreds in the hunt.
Overall, he overtook Kumar Sangakkara to finish third for most international hundreds. Sachin Tendulkar leads with 100 international hundreds of 782 innings. Ricky Ponting scored 71 hundreds from 668 innings, while Kohli scored 64 from 401 innings.
Sangakkara had scored 63 international hundreds out of 666 innings.
Virat Kohli has been in sensational form since the Australia tour in 2016. This year, he scored three hundred ODI scores from ten games before beating six ODI hundreds in 2017. In 2018 Kohli was the top scorer in one-day international matches and smashed 6 hundred.
Kohli had an average test by his standards, but his class of one hundred in a seedy place in Perth earned him rave reviews.
India lost Shikhar Dhawan after a quick start to 299 in Adelaide on Tuesday, but Kohli and Rohit Sharma had an important partnership for the second wicket. After Rohit was dismissed for 43, Kohli joined another important partnership with Ambati Rayudu before the latter turned out for 24.
MS Dhoni, who has been battling with the bat in recent years, came in at No. 5. He was slow on the trail, but Virat Kohli increased his stakes after taking out his fifty balls from 66 balls, India Today reported.
Virat Kohli made a sensational appearance in the 2018 ODI series with six games in South Africa, 558 runs, including three hundred. In England, he did not have three hundred in the series with three games, but Kohli was in his elements against the West Indies three times in a row.
Kohli was dismissed for 3 on Saturday, and India jumped 4 for three in four overs – eventually losing 34 of the first ODI in Australia. On Tuesday, however, Kohli was determined to lead from the front.
In the test series, Kohli was overshadowed by Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant, and then Rohit Sharma started his 22nd ODI 100 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. By Tuesday, a Virat Kohli was due a hundred, and the king did not disappoint his fans.