India vs Australia 2019: 3 Records Virat Kohli broke during his absorbing century in second ODI
- Virat Kohli breached quite a few landmarks today
The T20 series between India and Australia ended in favour of the Aussies. Indians, on the other hand, wanted to make a comeback in the ODIs. They did so by winning the first ODI at Hyderabad comprehensively when everyone potentially thought that the game was over when India had lost 4 wickets with just 99 runs on the board.
It was the effort of the middle order that won India the game on Saturday. Fast forward to the 2nd ODI at Nagpur, India were put to bat after Virat Kohli lost the toss. Kohli came in at the end of the first over as Rohit Sharma departed without scoring a run.
From the onset, Kohli knew that the pitch was on the slower side and batting wouldn’t be easy. He rotated the strike and scored occasional boundaries to take off pressure. At the other end, only Vijay Shankar contributed with a significant 46 runs off 41 balls.
Kohli stuck to his plans and got to his 40th ODI century, just nine short of the great man Sachin Tendulkar. Here are some of the records he broke in today’s match:
#3 Only cricketer to score 7 or more centuries against three different opponents:
Virat Kohli is the undisputed king in the limited overs without a question. The way he constructs his innings tells a lot about his technique and game plan. He has taken on every bowling attack and has dominated each of them. The team’s success is heavily dependent on his performance.
Kohli got to his ODI century number 40 in the second ODI against Australia. It was his seventh ODI century against the Aussies. Only Sachin Tendulkar has scored has more centuries (9) against them while Rohit Sharma has the same number of tons as Kohli.
The standout feature is that Kohli has scored seven or more centuries against three different teams. He has eight tons against Sri Lanka, seven tons against the kangaroos and seven versus the West Indies. He is the only player in the history of the game to do so.
Sachin Tendulkar has 7 or more ODI centuries against two teams: nine versus Australia and eight versus Sri Lanka.