India vs Australia 3rd ODI Ranchi: And ‘The King’ continues to rule! Virat Kohli has continued his golden run of form in limited-overs cricket as he smashed back-to-back hundreds in the ongoing five-match ODI rubber between India and Australia. During the 3rd ODI in Ranchi, the Indian captain was once again shown glimpses of his ‘god-like form’ in the white-ball format as he smashed Aussie bowlers to all parts of the ground in Ranchi. With wickets falling at the other end, Kohli nonchalantly went about his business during the mammoth chase and completed his 41st ODI hundred in 85 deliveries.
Kohli’s imperious form can be judged from the fact that in his last 11 ODI innings at home he has scored a century in seven of them including on Friday. Chasing 314 to win, Kohli played an incredible knock of 123 which was studded with 16 boundaries and a huge maximum. He took merely 217 innings to score 41 hundred, whereas the all-time great Sachin Tendulkar took 369 innings to reach the landmark.
During his knock, Kohli added another accolade to his already illustrious career as the Indian captain reached 4000 runs as skipper during the third ODI encounter. Kohli became the 12th ODI skipper to reach this landmark and also the fourth India skipper after MS Dhoni (6641), Mohammad Azharuddin (5239) & Sourav Ganguly (5104) to score 4000 runs as captain in this format.
Fastest captains to score 4,000 ODI runs:
63 – Virat Kohli*
77 – AB de Villiers
100 – MS Dhoni
103 – Sourav Ganguly
106 – Sanath Jayasuriya
Kohli slammed his 40th ODI century in the second game of the five-ODI series in Nagpur. The Indian captain also became the second cricketer ever to score 40 centuries in this format of the game along with Sachin Tendulkar (49).
He also joined the league of greats in Ranchi to register his name in the list of batsmen scoring most centuries against an opposition team at home in ODI cricket.
5 – Aaron Finch v England
5 – Adam Gilchrist v Sri Lanka
5 – Virat Kohli v Windies
5 – Ricky Ponting v New Zealand
5 – Virat Kohli v Australia*
Kohli looked completely in control against the Australia bowlers and in the process, was able to score his 18th century in ODIs as skipper. Currently, he is only second to former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting (22).
He also becomes the third best in scoring most centuries at home in international cricket.
42 – Sachin Tendulkar
36 – Ricky Ponting
30 – Hashim Amla, VIRAT KOHLI*
29 – Jacques Kallis
27 – Mahela Jayawardene
Earlier, Usman Khawaja smashed his maiden one-day international century to guide the tourists to a mammoth total of 313/5 in 50 overs. The men in yellow rode on a 193-run opening stand between Khawaja, who hit 104, and skipper Aaron Finch, who made 93, to put up a challenging total after being put into bat first in Ranchi.