When we think of centuries, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, and Sanath Jayasuriya are the names that come in our minds. Arguably, the aforementioned greats had made scoring tons a habit and mustered at will. Tendulkar, Ponting, and Jayasuriya have 107 ODI centuries in total.
But the modern-day batsmen aren’t far behind either in that respect. The inception of the T20 version and batsmen adopting the short-format approach has helped them in piling up centuries at a rapid rate. As a matter of fact, in the upcoming few months or years, two active batsmen might occupy the first two places for the most number of centuries in ODIs.
We take a look at top ten active batsmen with most number centuries in 50-over international cricket:
10. Quinton de Kock – 15
South Africa’s limited-overs captain Quinton de Kock occupies the tenth position with 15 centuries in 121 ODIs. De Kock is not only technically a competent batsman but also takes the attack to the opposition from the get-go. De Kock could be called as the modern-day Adam Gilchrist, who keeps wickets, opens the innings, and goes after the bowlers straight away.
Having made his ODI debut in 2013, the 27-year old has 5135 runs at an average of 44.65. Amongst the 15 tons, the left-handed batsman’s highest score came against Australia at Centurion in 2013. His first success as the full-time stint Proteas’ captain also arrived against Australia in February this year, having won an ODI series by 3-0.