Virat Kohli moves 1 step closer to Tendulkar’s landmark

With his smashing century against Sri Lanka in Guwahati on Tuesday, Virat Kohli made it two hundred in a succession in ODIs.

Virat Kohli with another Blistring knock

Virat Kohli moves one step closer to Tendulkar's landmark-1

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The Indian No. 3 hitter scored his 45th ODI century on Tuesday against Sri Lanka, doing so in just 80 balls. After ending a three-year century drought in one-day internationals against Bangladesh last month, Virat Kohli made it two in a row with the century in Guwahati. Kohli now has 45 ODI hundreds, one more than Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI hundreds.

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It’s worth noting that Tendulkar needed three years to get his previous five hundred, whilst Kohli has only two in this format since 2020. Kohli is well ahead of the list’s next current player, Rohit Sharma, who has 29 ODI tonnes. Virat Kohli came in after a powerful 143-run opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill in the first ODI against Sri Lanka.

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He got going quickly, reaching 18 in 12 balls before Rohit was removed for 83. Kohli reached his century on 47 balls with a six over mid-wicket off Dhananjaya de Silva. Soon after, Kusal Mendis dropped him off Kasun Rajitha, and he made it count, finishing the over with back-to-back boundaries. Kohli had already reached 79 off 65 balls when KL Rahul was removed in the 41st over.

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