Virat Kohli’s astounding march towards Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI centuries record makes him a peerless modern champion


The Indian patron, tired of the heat, sweating profusely and struggling for his country, pulls the kiwi sewing machine up to the deeper leg and heads for a single that will take him to his 31st ODI one hundred. That the century came on the occasion of its OCD number 200 makes it even more special. He had surpassed Ricky Ponting’s mark of 30 ODI hundreds and only one man stands in front of him in terms of counting a century in this format of the game. We all know who he is.

Kohli now appears to be on a march to Master Blaster’s record of 49 hundred. Nothing seems to stop him. That the record eventually be transmitted to Kohli seems inevitable. Four years ago, when the legend left the cricket field, the 49 hundred seemed taller than Mount Everest and deeper than the Pacific Ocean. Today, Kohli has made it seem so normal that the loss of Tendulkar no longer regrets every time India loses.

The world sat down and realized that this impetuous and aggressive boy was coming from Delhi for the first time when he led the Indian U-19 team to the World Cup victory in Malaysia nine years ago. It was from strength to strength, breaking careers at will and resolving the pain of Tendulkar’s departure from the minds of India’s fanatical enthusiasts. When he domesticated the Lankan lion, Lasith Malinga, in Hobart in 2012 with that crazy race of 320 in less than 40 overs, he was hailed as the next great Indian.

Kohli’s domination of the persecutions and the pace with which he built his ODI tickets earned him excellent reviews. In the AB era of Villiers and MS Dhoni, Kohli became a special place, finishing matches with authority despite being a first-round hitter.

But all that is old news. Kohli’s affection for running chases is a very familiar story to discuss once again. It is time to talk about his lunatic stroke of the century, composure and tenacity in the face of danger.

When Ricky Ponting struck against his thirty-third century of ODI, it was his 349th entry into ODI cricket. Kohli needed a simple 186 to scale the same number. Even Tendulkar had 267 innings to reach his 30th. Kohli is only 28 at the moment, but he is already on his way to greatness, at least in this format of the game.

Its conversion rate of fifty to hundreds is unparalleled in the history of ODI cricket. Kohli has 76 scores of 50 or more in the format of which 31 have been converted to hundreds, a conversion rate of 40.78 percent. Only Hashim Amla, David Warner and Quinton de Kock boast of having better conversion rates, but two of them have played less than 100 games, scored less than 15 hundreds and are also starters, a factor that puts them at a greater advantage than Kohli to hit. centuries.