Virat Kohli slams 32nd ton, reaches 9000 ODI runs in record time
Virat Kohli slammed his 32nd century and his second in the current series against New Zealand as he put Indian cricket team in a strong position in the deciding game in Kanpur. In the process, the Indian skipper achieved yet another world record as he reached 9000 runs in just his 194th innings.Updated: Oct 29, 2017 16:51 IST
Virat Kohli achieved yet another milestone in his career, completing 9,000 ODI runs during the third and final one-day against New Zealand in Kanpur. His deputy Rohit Sharma too struck his 15th ODI century as India were on course for a massive score.
Requiring 83 runs to reach the milestone, Kohli achieved the landmark in his 194th innings and in his 202nd ODI. In the process, the Indian skipper emulated AB de Villiers, who held the record for being the fastest to 9,000 ODI runs. De Villiers had this record earlier this year when he got to the mark in 205 innings (214 matches). Now, Kohli holds the honour of being the fastest scorer of 9,000 runs in ODIs.
Things got better for Kohli as he notched up 32nd century and his 2nd of the series as New Zealand struggled to contain the flow of runs. The latest knock was his sixth as skipper, the most by a skipper in ODIs.
Ever since his debut year, the Indian captain has never averaged below 40 in a calendar year in ODIs and has scored 1,347 runs at an average of 74.83 this year. Last year, he averaged a staggering 92.37 in ODIs.
Rohit Sharma struck his 15th ODI century before a huge Sunday crowd as India scored 196/1 in 35 overs in the third and final one-day against New Zealand here.
After struggling with his form, Rohit, who scored 20 and seven in previous two matches at Mumbai and Pune, smashed his 15th century off 106 balls. The knock contained 11 hits to the fence and two sixes to boost India in the decider. Sunday’s century for Rohit was his second this month. During his knock, he also reached 150 sixes in ODIs.
The placid wicket of the Green Park stadium was a big boost to the confidence of Rohit ahead of the Twenty20 International series, starting on November 1 in New Delhi. In the last series against Australia last month, Rohit had two big knocks i.e., 125 at Nagpur and 65 at Bangaluru.
Rohit started off confidently and did not allow New Zealand Black Caps to dictate terms against him. He targeted Adam Milne as he slammed two sixes off his bowling. Playing from the crease, Rohit first flicked Milne’s delivery for a six over deep mid wicket before lifting the second one over the mid-on region just before completing his century.
Virat Kohli gave good support as he smashed his 46th ODI fifty. He handled the New Zealand pace bowlers, especially Tim Southee and Trent Boult magnificently.
Both Rohit and Virat stitched together 150-run for the second wicket after New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson asked India to bat after winning the toss for the second time in ths series.
Shikhar Dhawan made a good start but on 14, he gave a straight catch to Williamson off Tim Southee. The two teams stuck to the same playing XI, which they had at Pune in the second encounter. The two teams stuck to the same playing XI, which they had at Pune in the second encounter.
First Published: Oct 29, 2017 16:47 IST