Virat Kohli is poised to break many records in international cricket. He just did that once again by hitting his 18th one-day international century while chasing West Indies’ score of 206 runs in the fifth and final ODI at Sabina Park in Kingston.
With this century, the Indian skipper surpasses Sachin’s Tendulkars’s record of 17 ODI centuries. While the master blaster took 232 innings to score 17 hundreds, the chase master, Kohli, has taken just 102 innings to score his 18 centuries while chasing.
With this 28th ODI century Kohli shares the third spot for most centuries in ODI’s with Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya, Only Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Ricky Ponting (30) have more hundreds than him in 50-over format.
Chasing a total of 206, India lost an early wicket of Shikhar Dhavan in the first over. Kohli along with opener Ajinkya Rahane steadied India’s innings. The two struck up a partnership of 79 runs before Rahane got out at a score of 39 runs in the 19th over.
Post Rahane’s dismissal, Dinesh Karthik joined Kohli and the two made sure the flow of runs didn’t stop. Together, the two put up a partnership of an unbeaten 122-runs which saw India easily reach the target set up by the hosts with 79 balls remaining and 8 wickets in hand. Kohli finished off the game in style by hitting a six off Roston Chase to reach the score of 115 off 111 ball n.o.
After having won the five-match series 3-1, the Indian team will now focus on the sole Twenty20 international to be played on Sunday.