Indian skipper Virat Kohli brought an end to his eleven-match long drought for a century with another brilliant hundred in the second ODI against West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Sunday. The batting maestro looked in his elements as he tonked the Windies bowlers all around the park to notch up his 42nd ODI century.
Kohli in the process surpassed former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to become India’s all-time second-highest run-getter in ODIs. It was a sensational effort from Kohli, who looked in phenomenal touch right from the start. Kohli played a sublime knock of 120 runs off 125 balls laced with 14 fours and a solitary six as he added 125 runs for the fourth wicket with Shreyas Iyer.
Kohli now has 11406 runs in 238 ODIs and is only behind the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who is all-time leading run-getter in the fifty-over format with 18426 runs in 452 games. Ganguly had 11363 runs in 300 ODIs. Kohli is now 8th on the list of all-time highest run-getters list in ODIs which is topped by Tendulkar.
Ganguly hailed Kohli after his top-notch knock and took to Twitter to praise the Indian captain for surpassing him in the elite list of highest Indian ODI run-getters of all-time. “Virat Kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI.. what a player,” Ganguly wrote in a tweet.
Ganguly has always been a huge admirer of Kohli and has often praised him for his incredible consistency and impeccable technique. The Indian skipper was in fine form in the recently-concluded World Cup where he finished as India’s second-highest run-getter behind Rohit Sharma. Kohli, however, was failing to convert his starts into big scores.
Kohli however looked in his elements on Sunday as he reached the triple-figure mark enroute to his brilliant knock. India opted to bat first after winning the toss but the decision seemed to have backfired for the Men in Blue as they lost opener Shikhar Dhawan (2) cheaply amid overcast conditions.
The Indian skipper pulled things back in spectacular fashion as he combined with Rohit Sharma (18) to post a 74-run stand for the second wicket before partnering with Iyer to take India closer to a big total. Iyer supported Kohli well with his 71-run-knock.