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Virat Kohli ODI Centuries

Virat Kohli ODI Centuries

In the cricketing world, hitting a century (scoring 100 or more runs) is considered the best achievement for a batsman. Scoring a ton gets difficult when playing an ODI (one-day international) as you get 50 overs (300 balls). The job gets even more difficult if you are not an opening batsman as you don’t get to face full 50 overs. However, one sensational batsman – Virat Kohli, who usually bats at number three position, has made this difficult task look rather easy with his exceptional batting skills. A proof of this is Virat Kohli’s ODI Centuries list.

Facts about Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is a right-handed batsman and current captain of the Indian national team. He is regarded as the best batsman of the modern era with consistency being his biggest strength. Kohli, who was born on 5 November 1988, made his debut (ODI) in August 2008 against Sri Lanka. His first-ever century also came against Sri Lanka on 24 December 2009 at Eden Gardens.

So far, Kohli has made more than 21000 runs in international cricket, including almost 12000 runs in ODIs, over 7200 runs in Test cricket and almost 2800 runs in T20Is. He has scored a total of 70 centuries in international cricket. 43 of them are ODI centuries scored in 248 matches (239 innings), while in Test cricket he has made 27 centuries. He has no centuries in T20Is.

Virat Kohli ODI Centuries – What’s so Special?

In the history of cricket, there so far have been only three players to have 30 plus centuries in ODIs. Those are the great Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Pointing (30) and Virat Kohli (43). Kohli is still a long way from retirement.

Virat Kohli’s ODI centuries have come in just 248 games, compared to 463 for Sachin Tendulkar and 375 for Ricky Pointing. Moreover, 26 of 43 Kohli’s centuries have been scored while chasing and 22 of those matches have been won by India.

Speaking of the overall number of centuries (in all three international formats), Kohli is again third, following only Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. Sachin holds the record with 100 hundreds, while Ricky Ponting has made 71 centuries. At the moment, Kohli has 70 centuries. Given his current form and age, almost everyone expects him to overtake Tendulkar.

Best ODI Centuries Scored by Virat Kohli

For Kohli’s fans, all of his ODI centuries have been a treat to watch. However, there are few Virat Kohli’s ODI centuries that experts and critics regard as his best ones. All of those centuries have come while chasing, helping India to register a win. Those special Virat Kohli’s ODI centuries are detailed below.

122 vs England in 2017 (Pune)

In that match, England, batting first, put a mammoth total of 350 runs. In the run chase, India at one time was 63 runs for 4 wickets but a fifth-wicket partnership of about 200 runs between Kohli and Kedar Jadhav helped India score a win. Jadhav made 120 in 76 balls, while Kohli made 122 in 105 balls and was named the Man of the Match.

154* vs New Zealand 2016 (Mohali)

India was chasing a relatively small target of 285 runs but lost openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane who departed quite early. Kohli (vice-captain) and captain MS Dhoni took charge and helped India register a win by 7 wickets. Dhoni made 80 runs while Kohli slammed 154 (not out) in 134 balls.

100* vs Australia, 2013 (Jaipur)

Australia batting first made 359 runs. India gave a befitting reply with openers adding 176 runs. Shikhar Dhawan made 95 runs in 86 balls, while Rohit Sharma made 141 not out in 123 balls. Kohli hit a ton in just 52 balls, the fastest century in ODIs by an Indian. India chased down the target in just 43.3 overs and won the match by 9 wickets.

183 vs Pakistan, 2012 (Dhaka)

In this match, the young Kohli steered India to a historic win against arch-rivals Pakistan in Asia Cup 2012. Pakistan batting first made 329. India lost Gautam Gambhir for a duck, but Sachin Tendulkar and Kohli added 133 runs for the second wicket. Later with help from Rohit Sharma, who scored 68 runs, Kohli led India to a 6-wicket win. Kohli made 183 runs in 148 balls, which is his highest ODI score to date as well.

133* vs Sri Lanka, 2012 (Hobart)

In this crucial round-robin match, India needed to defeat Sri Lanka by a certain margin to stay in the race for the finals of a triangular series involving Australia. Sri Lanka put a massive of total 320 runs for 4 wickets. To stay in the race for finals, India had to chase down the target in 40 overs.

India was off to a good start with small but crucial contributions from Sehwag, Tendulkar and Gambhir. Kohli, just 23 at the time, made 133 (not out) in just 86 balls taking on the likes of Lasith Malinga. Raina with 40 runs (not out) also made a significant contribution.

Virat Kohli ODI Centuries – Facts

Following are some interesting and lesser-known facts about Virat Kohli ODI Centuries:

  • Kohli is yet to score a double century in ODIs.
  • Of the total Virat Kohli centuries in ODIs, 19 have come at home, 20 on the foreign ground and four at the natural ground.
  • His fastest ODI century is against Australia in 2013 in just 52 balls. It is also the fastest by an Indian.
  • Of the 43 Virat Kohli ODI centuries, 26 came while chasing.
  • India lost just seven matches when Kohli scored a century.
  • On average, Kohli makes 83 centuries a year.
  • He has scored 9 centuries so far against West Indies and 8 each against Sri Lanka and Australia.

Final Words

Virat Kohli is undoubtedly one of the living legends of international cricket. He is currently number one in ICC ODI rankings for the batsman. Given his form, age and fitness, he can easily reach the 100 century mark in international cricket in the next 5-6 years.

List Of Virat Kohli ODI Century

S.No Score Innings Against Position Venue Date
1 107 2 Sri Lanka 4 Eden Garden, Kolkata, India 24/12/2009
2 102* 2 Bangladesh 3 Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 11/01/2010
3 118 2 Australia 3 ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, India 20/10/2010
4 105 1 New Zealand 3 Nehru Stadium, Guwahati, India 28/11/2010
5 100* 1 Bangladesh 4 Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 19/02/2011
6 107 1 England 4 Sophia Garden, Cardiff, England 16/09/2011
7 112* 2 England 4 Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, India 17/10/2011
8 117 2 West Indies 4 ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, India 2/12/2011
9 133* 2 Sri Lanka 4 Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Australia 28/02/2012
10 108 1 Sri Lanka 3 Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 13/03/2012
11 183 2 Pakistan 3 Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 18/03/2012
12 106 1 Sri Lanka 3 MRIC Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka 21/07/2012
13 128* 2 Sri Lanka 3 R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka 31/07/2012
14 102 1 West Indies 3 Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, West Indies 5/07/2013
15 115 2 Zimbabwe 3 Harare Sport Club, Harare, Zimbabwe 24/07/2013
16 100* 2 Australia 3 Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, India 16/10/2013
17 115* 2 Australia 3 VCA Stadium, Nagpur 30/10/2013
18 123 2 New Zealand 3 McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand 19/01/2014
19 136 2 Bangladesh 3 Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah, Bangladesh 26/02/2014
20 127 1 West Indies 3 HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala, India 17/10/2014
21 139* 2 Sri Lanka 4 JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi, India 16/11/2014
22 107 1 Pakistan 3 Adelaide Oval, Australia 15/02/2015
23 138 1 South Africa 3 M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India 22/10/2015
24 117 1 Australia 3 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia 17/01/2016
25 106 2 Australia 3 Manuka Oval, Canberra, Australia 20/01/2016
26 154* 2 New Zealand 3 Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, India 23/10/2016
27 122 2 England 3 Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, India 15/01/2017
28 111* 2 West Indies 3 Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica 6/07/2017
29 131 1 Sri Lanka 3 R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka 31/08/2017
30 110* 2 Sri Lanka 3 R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka 03/09/2017
31 121 1 New Zealand 3 Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India 22/10/2017
32 113 1 New Zealand 3 Green Park Stadium, Kanpur, India 29/10/2017
33 112 2 South Africa 3 Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban, South Africa 1/02/2018
34 160* 1 South Africa 3 Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa 07/02/2018
35 129* 2 South Africa 3 SuperSport Park, Centurion, South Africa 16/02/2018
36 140 2 West Indies 3 ACA- Stadium, Guwahati, India 21/10/2018
37 157* 1 West Indies 3 ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, India 24/10/2018
38 107 2 West Indies 3 Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, India 27/10/2018
39 104 2 Australia 3 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia 15/01/2019
40 116 1 Australia 3 Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur 05/03/2019
41 123 2 Australia 3 JHCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi 08/03/2019
42 120 1 West Indies 3 Queen’s Park Oval 11/08/2019
43 114 2 West Indies 3 Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad 14/08/2019

Note: Above listed Virat Kohli ODI century List is up to 28th June 2020

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