Watch: King Kohli registers 40th ODI ton, fastest to 9K runs as captain

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 08, 2019 21:28 hrs
Virat Kohli's 40th ODI ton

Virat Kohli, India's run machine, registered a magnificent century in the second ODI against Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.

After Australia won the toss and asked India to bat first, the hosts were in a spot of bother after losing both openers Rohit Sharma (for a duck) and Shikhar Dhawan (21). The India skipper along with Vijay Shankar (46) forged a 81-run fourth-wicket partnership after Ambati Rayudu was trapped LBW by Nathan Lyon.

India lost three wickets in quick succession including the wicket of MS Dhoni, but Kohli kept the men-in-blue on track as he notched up his 65th International ton.

Numbers also indicated that King Kohli averages 5.5 innings for a century. Also, his 40th ODI ton has left him only 9 tons behind Sachin Tendulkar's 49 ODI centuries.

Kohli, who averages 60 (approx) in ODIs, also achieved another milestone, crossing 9000 runs as captain.

The 30-year-old is only the sixth captain to score 9000 runs in International cricket The India skipper is also the the fastest to get to 9K milestone, which he achieved in just 159 innings.

Earlier during the toss, Kohli said he was looking to bat first, considering the pitch conditions.

"We wanted to bat first, pretty much a no-brainer. Not much dew in the evening and it is a dry surface. Not typical of the kind of pitches you get here does not look like it will bounce much. We expect it to deteriorate further as the game progresses. We have the same team. We spoke about the middle order coming through when the top three does not click, so we need such games. Guys are looking for opportunities. It was a good performance for us, hopefully, we can keep it going."


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