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Virat Kohli: A statistical breakdown of his ODI career

  • Here is a statistical breakdown of Virat Kohli's ODI performances.
  • The data clearly illustrates Kohli's consistency across all oppositions, over the years, and in all conditions.
Kartik Iyer
ANALYST
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Modified 24 May 2020, 16:36 IST
Virat Kohli - The undisputed king in the ODI format
Virat Kohli - The undisputed king in the ODI format

Virat Kohli is regarded as one of the modern greats of the gentleman's game. While the Indian captain has been a consistent performer across all formats, he has truly mastered the art of batsmanship in ODI cricket, especially while chasing.

Kohli's numbers in the ODI game are par excellence. He has amassed 11867 runs in the 248 matches he has represented the country in. These runs have come at an outstanding average of 59.33, while his 43 centuries are second only to the great Sachin Tendulkar.

On that note, let us take a look at the statistical breakdown of Virat Kohli's illustrious ODI career till date.


A statistical breakdown of Virat Kohli's ODI performances

#1: Performances against all oppositions

Kohli has been most prolific against the West Indies, with 2235 career runs against them. Among the major cricketing nations, the Indian captain has scored the least runs against Pakistan, but that is primarily because he has played only 13 matches against India's arch-rivals.

Total runs against all oppositions
Total runs against all oppositions

Kohli has a stupendous average against all countries. While he averages the best against Bangladesh (75.55), he has been least consistent against England with an average of 45.3, which in itself is considered a very respectable average in ODI cricket.

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Average against all oppositions
Average against all oppositions

West Indies has also been Kohli's favoured nation in terms of centuries, with 9 of his 43 hundreds coming against them. Again, he has been least productive against Pakistan in terms of the number of centuries.

Centuries against all oppositions
Centuries against all oppositions

Despite limited opportunities to play against Pakistan, Kohli's highest ODI score of 183 came against India's western neighbours.

Highest score against all oppositions
Highest score against all oppositions

#2: Performances across years

Kohli scored the most runs in a calendar year in 2017, with 1460 runs coming from his blade in that year. Apart from the first two years of his career (and the current year), during which he played only a limited number of matches, he has scored at least 600 runs in every calendar year.

Total runs across years
Total runs across years

Apart from a minor blip in 2015, Kohli has also averaged above 40 since the time he became a regular member of India's ODI team. This demonstrates his consistency over the years.

Average across years
Average across years

Kohli amassed 6 centuries each in 2017 and 2018, the most by him in any calendar year. Apart from 2008 and the current year, the only two instances where he has played less than 10 matches, the Indian captain has scored at least one century in every calendar year.

Centuries across years
Centuries across years

Kohli's highest score of 183 came against Pakistan in the year 2012. This knock, that came in the Asia Cup at Dhaka, helped India chase down a mammoth target of 330 runs with 6 wickets to spare.

Highest score across years
Highest score across years

#3: Performances while batting first vs chasing

Kohli is known as the master of the chase and the same is reflected in his statistics as well. He has scored 7039 of his total runs while chasing, which is almost 60% of the total runs he has scored.

Total runs in each match innings
Total runs in each match innings

The Delhiite's proficiency while chasing is even more evident by his average of 68.33, almost 20 points more than his average while setting a target.

Average in each match innings
Average in each match innings

Even in terms of centuries, 26 of the 43 hundreds scored by Kohli have come in run chases.

Centuries in each match innings
Centuries in each match innings

While the Indian captain has a highest score of 183 while chasing, an unbeaten 160 is the most runs he has scored while setting a target.

Highest score in each match innings
Highest score in each match innings

#4: Performances based on venues

Kohli has almost an equal number of runs in home and away conditions. While 4884 of his runs have come away from home, 4865 have runs been scored in India.

Total runs across venues
Total runs across venues

The Indian captain has been his consistent self in all conditions, as can be seen by his averages at home, away, or neutral venues.

Average across venues
Average across venues

He also has an almost equal number of centuries in home and away conditions.

Centuries across venues
Centuries across venues

His highest score of 183 against Pakistan came in Dhaka, a neutral venue.

Highest score across venues
Highest score across venues

#5: Performances based on match results

Kohli has scored a whopping 72% of his runs in matches won by India. While he has scored 202 runs in the 5 matches that ended in a tie, 90 runs have come in the few matches that ended without a result.

Total runs across match results
Total runs across match results

His average of 77.37 in Indian wins showcases his telling impact in such matches.

Average across match results
Average across match results

He has scored 35 of his 43 centuries in Indian victories, the most centuries in a winning cause in ODI cricket.

Centuries across match results
Centuries across match results

Kohli scored an unbeaten 157 in India's tied encounter against West Indies at Vizag in 2018. He has twice scored 123 runs in a losing cause, first against New Zealand at Napier in 2014 and then against Australia at Ranchi in 2019.

Highest score across match results
Highest score across match results

Published 24 May 2020, 16:36 IST
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