He came, he Saw, he conquered – playing his first ODI after a gap of more than three months – Virat Kohli hardly put a foot wrong during his majestic knock of 140 (off 107 balls) in the first ODI against West Indies in Guwahati. Kohli once again did what he does best i.e. to score hundreds while chasing. Also Read - IPL 2020: Sunil Gavaskar's Sexist Comment on Virat Kohli And Anushka Sharma Creates Controversy
His knock was studded with 21 boundaries and two huge maximums. With his deputy Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain conjured up a mammoth 246-run stand for the second wicket that made the tall ask of 323 look ridiculously easy. The 29-year old Kohli needs just 81 runs to join the elite club of cricketers who have amassed 10,000 runs in the one-day format. Also Read - IPL 2020, KXIP vs RCB: Virat Kohli Takes Blame For Defeat, Says Time to Learn And Move on
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Going through another magnificent year as far as his personal milestones are concerned, Kohli has scored runs in all parts of the world in all formats and has stamped his authority on the sport arguably as the greatest cricketer currently active. Despite Team India’s ordinary outing on the overseas assignments, Kohli’s dominance as an individual player has been on the rise.
Seeing another masterclass from Kohli’s willow, England’s Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan was happy to pass his verdict. Vaughan posted on his official Twitter handle that the Indian captain is the ultimate ‘GOAT – Greatest Of All Time’.
Kohli’s masterclass and Rohit’s belligerence actually made a mockery of a stiff 323-run target, the home team cantered to the win with 7.5 overs to spare, taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. After early departure of Shikhar Dhawan (4), Kohli raised a massive 246-run stand for the second wicket with Rohit, who remained unbeaten on 152. It was Rohit’s 20th ODI hundred which came off 117 balls with 15 fours and eight sixes.
While Kohli and Rohit plundered boundaries to entertain the packed stadium, it painted a sorry picture of the West Indies attack, which once was intimidating for any batting line-up in the world. The only high point for the West Indies while defending their total was 21-year-old newcomer Oshane Thomas’ raw pace up front.
Playing his first ODI in more than three months, Kohli was unstoppable. It seemed another routine affair for Kohli as he also got past the milestone of 2000 International runs in the calendar year.
He emulated iconic Sachin Tendulkar in scoring 2000-plus runs in three successive years. After Kohli was stumped off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, India’s vice-captain took the side home in company of Ambati Rayudu (22).
After their rout in the Test series, West Indies did a good job by putting on board a challenging 322 for eight, capitalising on the absence of India’s front line pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. The duo has been rested for the first two ODIs and the 21-year-old Shimron Hetmyer (106) put to sword an under-strength Indian attack to raise his third ODI hundred.