Virat Kohli produced yet another masterclass in one-day international cricket when he slammed his 42nd ODI hundred against the West Indies in Port of Spain on Sunday. Enroute to this milestone, Kohli also surpassed the record of former India captain Sourav Ganguly to emerge as India’s second-highest run-getter in ODI cricket. This was also Kohli’s 8th ODI hundred against West Indies.
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) August 11, 2019
In 311 ODI matches, Sourav Ganguly had accumulated 11,363 runs, a mark which Virat Kohli surpassed in his 238th ODI appearance. India were 191/3 in 37.1 overs after opting to bat, when Virat Kohli reached the three-figure mark off 112 balls, which was laced with 10 boundaries and a six.
He was finally dismissed for a score of 120 (125 balls) with Carlos Brathwaite picking up his wicket.
Incidentally, this was also Kohli’s first hundred since March 2019. During his record-breaking innings, Kohli oozed class and perfection as he put on yet another display of how to build an innings.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed early after which Kohli walked in at number three. With Rohit Sharma struggling to rotate strike early on his innings, it was up to Kohli to take the responsibility of keeping the scoreboard moving.
Even when he reached the nervous nineties Kohli showed no signs of stopping and did not hesitate to take the aerial route. His counter-attacking knock put pressure on the Windies bowlers who struggled to find an answer to the number one batsmen in ODI cricket.
Kohli also has broken Rohit Sharma’s record for the fastest to 2000 ODI runs against an opposition.
Fewest innings to 2000 ODI runs vs a team:
34 Virat Kohli v WI
37 Rohit Sharma v Aus
40 Sachin Tendulkar v Aus
44 Viv Richards v Aus
44 Virat Kohli v SL
45 MS Dhoni v SL