On Sunday, January 15, India’s batting megastar Virat Kohli was at his scorching best at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, notching up his new second-highest ODI score (166* off 110 balls), surpassing his previous mark of 160* against South Africa in Cape Town.
Kohli’s stunning knock adds another chapter to his illustrious run. On January 15, it is Kohli’s fourth overall tonne, a streak that few are aware of.
On January 15, 2017, he hit a match-winning hundred against England in the opening ODI of that series at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Both Kedar Jadhav and the then-skipper Virat got their act together and fashioned a 200-run partnership for the fifth wicket while chasing a massive total of 351 runs for win. Kohli achieved his century off 93 balls and 122 runs off 105 deliveries before being sent out in the 37th over.
Kedar was also fantastic with the bat, scoring 120 runs off 76 balls, and India reached the mark with 11 balls to spare thanks to the twin hundreds from both hitters.
2nd Test, Centurion: January 13-17, 2018
With hosts South Africa scoring 335 in their first innings after winning the toss at Supersport Park in Centurion in the second Test of the series, India needed its batters to step up to the challenge against the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, and others, and they found Virat taking the challenge head on.
On a pitch that provided some help to the pacers, Kohli stayed in there and picked up a remarkable century, scoring 153 off 217 deliveries before being caught by Morne Morkel. His magnificent century occurred on January 15 and kept India in the game, as the gap between both teams at the conclusion of their first innings was just 28 runs.
However, India lost the game by 135 runs after being bowled out for 151 runs in the second innings while pursuing 287 runs. Kohli’s magnificent century is still fresh in fans’ thoughts.
Australia vs India, 2nd ODI, Adelaide
Kohli extended his winning streak with another match-winning century in the second ODI of India’s 2019 tour of Australia at the Adelaide Oval. Virat got another stunning tonne in a frantic run chase while chasing a pretty competitive total of 299 to win the tournament.
His 104-ball 112-ball knock contained five fours and two sixes and effectively ended the game for the Aussies. India won by six wickets with four balls to spare. Virat was named Player of the Match for his excellent performance.
The most recent contribution to his remarkable record is his 46th ODI tonne against Sri Lanka, which has given India an advantage in the present third ODI. Kohli’s performance, combined with Gill’s century, drove India to 390 at the conclusion of the 50-over mark and may possibly assist the Rohit Sharma-led side complete a series sweep.