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After Virat Kohli’s record in Pune, Shoaib Akhtar sets him a new challenge

India vs West Indies: The Indian captain scored his 38th ODI century in Pune and became the first batsman to score three consecutive hundreds from India.

cricket Updated: Oct 29, 2018 08:41 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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India captain Virat Kohli plays a shot during the third one day international (ODI) cricket match between India and West Indies at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune (AFP)

India skipper Virat Kohli scripted history in Pune when he became the first Indian to score three successive centuries in ODI cricket. Although, his century, which was the 38th in his career, was not enough to take India over the line, there is little doubt over the remarkable consistency of the man.

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who has been a vocal admirer of Kohli, took to Twitter and posted a challenge for the Indian captain. The Rawalpindi Express has set up a new target for Kohli - to cross 120 centuries in International cricket.

“Guwahati. Visakhapatnam. Pune. Virat Kohli is something else man with three ODI hundreds in a row, the first India batsman to achieve that .. what a great run machine he is ..Keep it up cross 120 hundred mark as I set up for you”, Shoaib Akhtar had posted on his official Twitter account.

Kohli has been in stupendous form and has been peeling off centuries for fun in the ongoing series. In the post-match presentation, he was not even willing to speak about the feat.

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“I don’t want to talk about my batting. It is a bit embarrassing when people ask you the same thing again and again,” Kohli said after the match.

With the win in Pune, Windies have drawn level in the series. The fourth match will be played in Mumbai on October 29.

First Published: Oct 28, 2018 13:25 IST