It was business as usual for India captain Virat Kohli as he brought up his 40th ODI hundred in Nagpur in the second ODI against Australia on Tuesday. Coming into bat at number three after the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli reached his three figure-mark in 107 balls. With this, he is now nine tons behind Sachin Tendulkar who leads the charts with 49 tons. He is also now the fastest to reach 9000 international runs as captain.
Kohli has taken 159 innings to cross the 9000-run mark while Ponting took 203 innings. Kohli is also the sixth player to score 9,000 runs in international cricket as captain. Graeme Smith (220 innings), MS Dhoni (253), Allan Border (257), Stephen Fleming (272) are the other former captains in the list.
This was Kohli’s 65th hundred across all formats and seventh versus Australia. However, his innings in Nagpur will also be remembered for the grit and determination he showed throughout the innings. Not once did he play an aerial shot throughout his stay for 116 balls which also featured 10 boundaries. Incidentally, the only time he tried to loft the ball in the air was his dismissal of Pat Cummins for 116 (120 balls) in the 48th over.
During his stay at the crease, Kohli played 45 percent attacking shots and 7 percent false shots. While other batsmen struggled at the crease, Kohli made it seem like he was on a different pitch. While Kohli slammed 116 from 120 balls, rest of India was 134 in 170 balls.
Twitter hailed Kohli’s performance, here’s a look at some of the notable tweets on his knock:
— BCCI (@BCCI) 5 March 2019
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 5 March 2019
Top innings. Another day at work. Century for Virat Kohli. 40 in 224 innings is an unreal stat.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 5 March 2019
Congratulations champion on the 40th ton, consistency, class and completeness! What a player💯 @imVkohli
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) 5 March 2019
💯 @imVkohli 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Meanwhile, in terms of lowest all out totals for India when Kohli scores a 100:
240 vs WI, Pune, 2018
250 vs Aus, Nagpur, 2019 *
268 vs NZ, Napier, 2014
276 vs NZ, Guwahati, 2010