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Matching Sachin Tendulkar’s record will take hell of an effort: Virat Kohli

However, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who now leads the charts with most runs in the calendar year, stressed on team wins over personal accolades. He notched up his 30th century in the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: September 4, 2017 10:48 am
virat kohli, sachin tendulkar, virat kohli vs sachin tendulkar, india vs sri lanka, india sri lanka odi series, cricket news, sports news, indian express Virat Kohli struck his 30th ODI century against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Sunday. (Source: Reuters)

Virat Kohli brought up his 30th ODI century on Sunday and led India to a convincing six wicket win and a 5-0 series win against Sri Lanka in Colombo. This was his second century of the series. The 30th ODI ton equalled Kohli with Australian batting legend Ricky Ponting with just Sachin Tendulkar in front (49 centuries).

Kohli acknowledged it would take “hell of an effort” to match Sachin or eventually surpass him. “The great man (Sachin Tendulkar) is quite a bit away. That’s going to take a hell of an effort. Again, I am not thinking about that. It’s only about the team where even if I score a 90 not out and the team goes across the line, it’s good enough for me,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.

“It’s an honour for me to equal someone like Ricky Ponting. That’s not something that you aim for but obviously he’s a great player and as batsmen we all respect what these legends have done.”

However, the Indian skipper, who now leads the charts with most runs in the calendar year, stressed on team wins over personal accolades.

“I look to perform as well as I can for the team. These things keep happening as you go along in your career. You don’t target these things, but those stat windows are hard to neglect because they pop up everywhere after you have achieved something,” said Kohli.

Kohli scored his century in Colombo from 107 balls and the score took his tally in the year beyond the 1000-run mark.

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  1. R
    Raj V
    Sep 4, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    We want you to remain Kohli and play your natural game. Records will follow.
    1. D
      Sep 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm
      if u keep playing on shi tty tracks in the subcontinent, it will be a breeze.
      1. A
        Sep 4, 2017 at 12:47 pm
        Sachin has also made most of his odi runs in ty tracks..how many odi hundreds out of 49 are in Australia/south Africa.. hardly 3 or 4 in a span of 20 years..but Sachin is god because he made 49 hundreds whether on dead pitch or not.and others were not able to make. appreciate the effort of others.. if this is a ty track it is not for kohli but for all the players..why cant others are not able to make hundred on this ty tracks..
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