Virat Kohli has time and again proved that he is an incredible run-machine across all three formats of the game for Team India. The right-handed batsman was going through a rough patch as he didn’t score a century in the 50-over format for close to 40 months.
Needless to say, he weaved the magic with the bat by scoring his 44th ODI century during the dead rubber against the Bangladesh cricket team in Chattogram, which was also his 72nd international century.
Notably, he also went past Australia’s batting great Ricky Ponting (71) in terms of most centuries scored in international cricket. Meanwhile, Kohli is part of the ongoing first ODI against Sri Lanka which is being played at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.
Virat Kohli hammers his 45th ODI century in the first ODI against Sri Lanka
The run machine looked quite comfortable ever since he came out to bat in the first game. The right-handed batter brought the best out of himself once again by scoring his 45th ODI century in the Guwahati ODI. Notably, it was also his 73rd century in international cricket. In the process, he edged past legendary Sachin Tendulkar to have the most centuries against Sri Lanka in One-Day Internationals.
Sachin Tendulkar scored eight centuries against Sri Lanka in his cricketing career. Today, Virat Kohli brought up his 9th ODI century against Sri Lanka. Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl first.
India’s opening pair namely Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got off to a stupendous start by adding a 143-run partnership. While Rohit Sharma scored 87 runs, Shubman Gill scored 70 runs.
The former India skipper Virat Kohli top-scored with 113 runs off 87 balls with the help of 12 fours and a six. In the end, Team India posted 373 for the loss of seven wickets in their designated quota of 50 overs.
Goat for a Reason VK❤️
— Ansh Mishra🇮🇳 (@Ansh9066) January 10, 2023
The one and only king! 👑 pic.twitter.com/vpGKn7Na9o
— cricket_for_life (@bannerman165) January 10, 2023
THE GOAT 🐐
— Mbappe_fan (@_prof_18_) January 10, 2023
This is actually what we are waiting for years. ….the celebration
— DR. CRICKET (@_anandhere) January 10, 2023
It wasn't a full fledged ….still I see some of my older kings celebration ❤️❤️
— Virat kohli-Lone warrior (@Shubham66540516) January 10, 2023
50 centuries not far for kohli…
— Imraniya (@Imraniyakhan) January 10, 2023
— SHARIF (@sharifS10187) January 10, 2023
Finally the old celebration
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