Virat Kohli Slams 72nd International Century In 3rd ODI vs Bangladesh, Surpasses Ricky Ponting To Reach 2nd Spot In Elite List
This is Virat Kohli's 72nd century in international cricket and he is now placed second in the elite list behind Sachin Tendulkar. This is his 44th century in ODIs.
- NDTV Sports Desk
- Updated: December 10, 2022 03:14 PM IST
Virat Kohli slammed a classy century in the 3rd ODI against Bangladesh at Chattogram on Saturday to surpass Ricky Ponting in the list of batters with most international centuries. This is Kohli's 72nd century in international cricket and he is now placed second in the elite list behind Sachin Tendulkar. This is his 44th century in ODIs. Kohli is now just 5 centuries shy of equalling Sachin Tendulkar's record (49) of most tons in the fifty-over format.
This century is a special one for Kohli as it comes after a huge gap of more than three years. Kohli, who went through a severe dip in form earlier this year, came back to his own in the T20 format as he slammed his maiden T20I century in the Asia Cup and ended the ICC T20 World Cup as the highest run-getter.
𝐂𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐘 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐕𝐈𝐑𝐀𝐓 𝐊𝐎𝐇𝐋𝐈 💥💯— BCCI (@BCCI) December 10, 2022
He brings up his 44th ODI ton off 85 deliveries.
He goes past Ricky Ponting to be second on the list in most number of centuries in international cricket.
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Kohli slammed 11 boundaries and 2 sixes on his way to reach his century on a day when opening batter Ishan Kishan slammed a belligerent 210 to give India a massive foundation.
Kohli remains the only batter to have a combined average of more than 50 across all three formats, among those who have more than 50 international centuries.
Australia's Steve Smith averages above 50 but he still has only 41 international tons to his name.
This is a special century for Kohli as it comes after a long break. He last scored a ton in August 2019 against West Indies. In the interim he went past the 50-run mark on 10 occasions but never even entered the 90s. There was a phase in the middle where he score 4 half-centuries on the trot and 6 half-centuries in 8 innings, but the three-figure mark eluded him.