IND vs SL: Virat Kohli equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record, smashes 20th ODI ton on home soil playing against Sri Lanka

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Virat Kohli 45th ODI century

IND vs SL, On Tuesday, India’s star batsman Virat Kohli smashed his 45th ODI century and 73rd in international cricket.

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The milestone was reached during India’s first One-Day International (ODI) versus Sri Lanka at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Virat’s 45th ODI century is his 20th on home soil. He has tied the global record set by renowned Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for the most tons slammed in his native nation. Both hitters have 20 hundred in home games. Virat took 99 innings to achieve this, whereas Sachin took 160 innings.

Other than these two, Hashim Amla of South Africa and Ricky Ponting also are in the list for most ODI tons in home conditions.

In the second ball of the 47th over bowled by pacer Kasun Rajitha, Kohli took a single to bring up yet another hundred, his back-to-back hundred in ODIs. He had scored a ton against Bangladesh last month during the third ODI.

Kohli’s latest century came off 80 balls and comprised 10 boundaries and a six. His knock came at a strike rate of 125.00.

Virat was dismissed by Rajitha for 113, which came of 87 balls. 

Virat also surpassed Sachin’s record of most ODI hundreds against Sri Lanka by an Indian batter. He has nine centuries against Sri Lanka. As compared to eight by Sachin against the island nation. Virat also has nine ODI tons against West Indies and eight against Australia.

Among the active players, Virat continues being the ‘Century King’, with a total of 73 tons. Other players that follow him are David Warner (Australia) – 45 Joe Root (England) – 44 Steve Smith (Australia) 42 Rohit Sharma 41 (India).

Virat was the highest scorer in the Indian innings with the team batting after Sri Lanka opted to ball first after winning the toss.

India finished at mammoth 373/7 in 50 overs, with Mohammed Shami (4*) and Mohammed Siraj (5*) unbeaten.

Skipper Rohit Sharma started the year with a cracking 83 of 67 balls with the innings studded with nine fours and three sixes. Opener Shubman Gill (70 of 60 balls). Shreyas Iyer (28 of 24 balls) and KL Rahul (39 of 29 balls) also contributed some useful scores.

Rajitha finished with figures of 3/88 in ten overs. Madushanka, Chamika Karunaratne, skipper Dasun Shanaka and Dhananjay de Silva took a wicket each.

The second ODI will take place on January 12 in Eden Gardens, Kolkata. While the second will take place in Greenfield International Stadium at Thiruvananthapuram.

Virat Kohli has broken several records held by Sachin Tendulkar

Who is widely considered one of the greatest cricketers of all time. Some of the records that Kohli has broken include:

  • Most centuries by an Indian captain in One Day Internationals (ODIs): Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 18 centuries by scoring his 19th century as a captain in 2019.
  • Fastest century by an Indian in ODIs: Kohli scored a century off just 52 balls in a match against Australia in 2013. Breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record of 60 balls.
  • Most ODI centuries by a player before the age of 28: Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 30 centuries by scoring his 31st century in 2017.
  • Most Runs by Indian Batsman in ODIs: Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 18,426 runs in 2018.
  • Fastest to reach 8,000, 9,000, 10,000 ODI runs: Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the fastest to reach each of these milestones in 2017, 2018, and 2020 respectively.

It’s worth mentioning that Virat Kohli is still actively playing cricket and he might break other records held by Sachin Tendulkar.

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