Xtra Time Web Desk: Star India batter Virat Kohli started 2023 with a bang, notching up his 45th ODI ton in the first ODI against Sri Lanka at Barasapara Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. It was the second consecutive ODI hundred for Virat. He last scored a hundred against Bangladesh in the third ODI at Sher e Bangla stadium.
Kohli has now equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 20 ODI tons at home. While Tendulkar reached the landmark in 164 matches, Kohli did it in 101 games. Kohli also surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most centuries against Sri Lanka in ODIs. Tendulkar has eight to his credit while Kohli has gone to nine.
Kohli is just five ODI centuries away from breaking Tendulkar’s record for most hundreds in ODI format. Kohli has 45 ODI centuries, whereas Tendulkar has scored 49 ODI hundreds in his career.
With India playing 15 ODIs excluding the Asia Cup in the build-up to the World Cup in October-November, Kohli can reach quite a few milestones.
Kohli can break another record as he needs 180 more runs to enter the top 5 all-time run-getters in ODIs. Kohli is only behind Tendulkar, Sangakkara, Ponting, Jayasuriya, and Jayawardene in the elite list.
Most ODI 100s vs a team:
9 Virat Kohli vs WI
9 Virat Kohli vs SL *
9 Sachin Tendulkar vs Aus
8 Rohit Sharma vs Aus
8 Virat Kohli vs Aus
8 Sachin Tendulkar vs SL
The star India batter has now scored the most international hundreds among active players. He tops the list with 73 international hundreds.
1) Virat Kohli – 73*
2) David Warner – 45
3) Joe Root – 44
4) Steve Smith – 42
5) Rohit Sharma – 41