Virat Kohli equals Sourav Ganguly’s record of most ODI tons as India captain
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Virat Kohli equals Sourav Ganguly’s record of most ODI tons as India captain

Virat Kohli equalled the Sourav Ganguly’s record of scoring most ODI tons as Indian cricket team captain with his match-winning century on Thursday against South Africa in Durban

cricket Updated: Feb 02, 2018 14:46 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
India vs South Africa,Virat Kohli,Sourav Ganguly
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli acknowledges the crowd after losing his wicket during the first ODI against South Africa at the Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Thursday.(AP)

Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday smacked his 33rd ODI century and a record 18th while chasing a target successfully, to power his team to a crucial six-wicket victory over South Africa at Durban. (IND v SA, 1st ODI HIGHLIGHTS)

Kohli’s 112 off 119 deliveries, which came in India’s successful chase of 270 in the first of the six ODIs against South Africa, also helped him join former India captain Sourav Ganguly in scoring most ODI tons (11) as Indian captain. (IND v SA, 1st ODI SCORECARD)

Kohli has reached Ganguly’s record in a mere 44 matches as Indian cricket team’s captain, for which the latter took 146 ODIs. As captain, Ganguly scored 5,082 runs at 38.79 with the help of 11 centuries and 30 half-centuries.

Former skippers MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar are tied with six centuries each as India captain in ODIs.

Kohli also brought up the unique achievement of scoring an ODI hundred in each of the nine countries he has played in, as the century at Durban on Thursday night was his first in South Africa in ODIs. He is only the third player after Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya to achieve this feat, although Tendulkar did not score a ton in the West Indies.

The Indian skipper’s century also gave India not only their fifth win in South Africa, but they secured their first win in Kingsmead, Durban against South Africa. Overall, Kohli has scored 20 centuries while chasing, out of which a record 18 have come in winning cause.

In July 2017, Kohli went past batting great Sachin Tendulkar’s record of scoring most centuries in successful ODI chases when he scored his 18th ton. He is also in pursuit of Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries — most by any batsman ever.

Not only did Kohli shine in Durban, but Ajinkya Rahane displayed his class as he became the third Indian to score five consecutive ODI fifties. In the series against Australia in October 2017, Rahane had scored four consecutive fifties while opening the innings. He joins Kohli, who did it twice in 2012 and 2013 and Sachin Tendulkar, who achieved the feat in 1994.

The partnership between Kohli and Rahane was worth 189 for the third wicket and it helped India to a big win. This 189-run stand is a record third-wicket stand in ODIs against South Africa, beating the previous record of 180 set by Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor in Hamilton in March 2017. Thanks to this win, this is the first time that India have taken a lead in an ODI bilateral series in South Africa.

First Published: Feb 02, 2018 11:09 IST