Virat Kohli ODI Centuries

Virat Kohli ODI Centuries
25.08.2020,11:08 267 0

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

11072Sri Lanka4Eden Garden, Kolkata, India24/12/2009
2102*2Bangladesh3Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh11/01/2010
31182Australia3ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, India20/10/2010
41051New Zealand3Nehru Stadium, Guwahati, India28/11/2010
5100*1Bangladesh4Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh19/02/2011
61071England4Sophia Garden, Cardiff, England16/09/2011
7112*2England4Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, India17/10/2011
81172West Indies4ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, India2/12/2011
9133*2Sri Lanka4Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Australia28/02/2012
101081Sri Lanka3Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh13/03/2012
111832Pakistan3Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh18/03/2012
121061Sri Lanka3MRIC Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka21/07/2012
13128*2Sri Lanka3R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka31/07/2012
141021West Indies3Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, West Indies5/07/2013
151152Zimbabwe3Harare Sport Club, Harare, Zimbabwe24/07/2013
16100*2Australia3Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, India16/10/2013
17115*2Australia3VCA Stadium, Nagpur30/10/2013
181232New Zealand3McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand19/01/2014
191362Bangladesh3Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah, Bangladesh26/02/2014
201271West Indies3HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala, India17/10/2014
21139*2Sri Lanka4JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi, India16/11/2014
221071Pakistan3Adelaide Oval, Australia15/02/2015
231381South Africa3M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India22/10/2015
241171Australia3Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia17/01/2016
251062Australia3Manuka Oval, Canberra, Australia20/01/2016
26154*2New Zealand3Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, India23/10/2016
271222England3Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, India15/01/2017
28111*2West Indies3Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica6/07/2017
291311Sri Lanka3R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka31/08/2017
30110*2Sri Lanka3R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka03/09/2017
311211New Zealand3Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India22/10/2017
321131New Zealand3Green Park Stadium, Kanpur, India29/10/2017
331122South Africa3Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban, South Africa1/02/2018
34160*1South Africa3Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa07/02/2018
35129*2South Africa3SuperSport Park, Centurion, South Africa16/02/2018
361402West Indies3ACA- Stadium, Guwahati, India21/10/2018
37157*1West Indies3ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, India24/10/2018
381072West Indies3Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, India27/10/2018
391042Australia3Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia15/01/2019
401161Australia3Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur05/03/2019
411232Australia3JHCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi08/03/2019
421201West Indies3Queen’s Park Oval11/08/2019
431142West Indies3Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad14/08/2019

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

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