On Virat Kohli's 30 Centuries, A Question From Steve Smith

Updated: 19 September 2017 08:00 IST

Steve Smith attributes Kohli's greater record to the number of ODIs that India play.

On Virat Kohli's 30 Centuries, A Question From Steve Smith
Virat Kohli scored his 30th ODI century against Sri Lanka in the previous series © AFP

The ongoing limited-overs cricket series is as much a battle between the two captains as it is between their respective teams. Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, considered two of the finest batsmen in the world at the moment, are not just leaders of their teams but also chief run-getters. In the limited-overs format, Kohli holds an edge over the Australian. In 99 ODIs, Smith has 8 centuries to his name, while Kohli has notched up 30 tons in 195 ODIs. Hence, it came as no surprise when Smith was asked about Kohli's record in the post-match press conference in Chennai on Sunday. While Smith said his counterpart was a very good player, he also had a little query for the reporters.

"I think India play a lot more ODI cricket than we do. I'm not sure how many games Virat has played. He is a very good player," he said.

The 28-year-old added that he wasn't concerned about personal records.

"I am not worried about personal accolades. I am here to try and win a series. The Indian team has a very good top seven and all guys are capable of scoring big runs. Our bowlers have to be on the top of their game to keep them quiet this series," Smith said.

Ahead of the series opener, Kohli had echoed a similar sentiment when it came to personal milestones.

"I don't play for the three-figure mark. For me winning is most important. I can be 98 or 99 not out but if the team wins then I am happy," said Kohli.

The stylish right-hander has had a brilliant run with the bat in the shorter format of the game for the past couple of years. Kohli added a new feather to his cap in the ODI series against Sri Lanka by notching up his 30th ODI century, equalling the great Australian batsman Ricky Ponting and now only has Sachin Tendulkar ahead of him who has scored 49 ODI centuries.

Kohli's men eased to win over the visitors in the 1st ODI after impressive performances from Hardik Pandya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Thanks to Pandya's blistering career-best 66-ball 83 and Dhoni's 79 off 88 balls, India posted a competitive 281 for seven despite losing the top half for less than 100 after opting to bat. However intermittent showers during the break played spoilsport as Australia were set a revised target of 164 off 21 overs via Duckworth-Lewis method.

The young wrist spinners -- Kuldeep Yadav (2/33) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/30) then ran through the middle and lower order as India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Topics : India Australia Virat Kohli Steven Peter Devereux Smith India vs Australia 2017-18 Cricket
Highlights
  • Virat Kohli equalled Ricky Ponting in terms of ODI centuries
  • Kohli failed to fire with the bat in the first ODI against Australia
  • Steve Smith feels India play a lot more ODI cricket than Australia
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