CHENNAI (TIP): It took Virat Kohli 248 days and 13 innings to move from his 22nd ODI century to his 23rd. Facing a do-or-die situation in the series, the champion announced his return to form, scoring 138 off 140 balls and going on to become the second-highest century maker for India in ODIs. It helped him go past Sourav Ganguly, who held that position with 22 hundreds.
Ganguly said it was a foregone conclusion that the 26-year-old will surpass his mark. “The way he has been batting for the last couple of years, it was quite evident that he will surpass my 22 tons. I didn’t see Virat’s innings today so I cannot comment on his batting. He is a class act and I am sure by the time he finishes his career, he will score plenty more,” Ganguly told TOI on Thursday.
- It took Virat Kohli 248 days and 13 innings to move from his 22nd ODI century to his 23rd.
- During his 202-minute vigil, Kohli played shots all around the park and dominated the bowlers.
- Ganguly said it was a foregone conclusion that the 26-year-old will surpass his mark.
During his 202-minute vigil, Kohli played shots all around the park and dominated the bowlers. Walking in at the fifth over, the 26-year-old had the stage set to express himself. He started off patiently and took eight overs to settle down before he hit spinner Aaron Phangiso for a six. That was the spark that he needed and despite the ball stopping on a dry surface, Kohli was up for it. There were six boundaries and five sixes, the highlight being the over-boundary that helped him move from 95 to 101.
It was not just the boundaries, the Test captain was always alive to take the singles. There were a couple of occasions where he could be run out, but luck was with Kohli on a hot and humid Chennai afternoon. It was the 127-run partnership with Suresh Raina that helped India reach 299. Raina, who also got a half-century after quite a while, praised the right-hander for his effort.
“Kohli’s knock was crucial for us. He also shared a very good partnership with (Ajinkya) Rahane and that set the tone for a big total. I was happy with the way I batted and supported Kohli today,” said Raina.
Sunil Gavaskar said Virat’s ability to use his top and bottom hands so skilfully helped him succeed. “He adapted well to the conditions. He has an excellent knowledge about his hands. He uses his top hand marvellously and you will hardly see any chinks with his bottom hand.”