As Team India gets ready for the upcoming third match against Australia, captain Virat Kohli is all set to add yet another feather to his cap as he is is on the verge of equalling his predecessor MS Dhoni’s record of most consecutive wins in One-Day Internationals.
The Men in Blue are leading the ongoing give-match series 2-0 after two comprehensive wins at Chennai and Kolkata and a win in the upcoming third game will not only seal the series in the favour of the hosts but will also help Kohli to match Dhoni’s record.
Kohli, who took India’s limited-overs captaincy earlier this year, has led the team in 37 ODIs so far, 29 of which have ended in India’s favour. Kohli and his team’s performance has been brilliant since the start of this year. He began his captaincy career with a series win over England before leading the Men in Blue to the final of the Champions Trophy. It was followed by a 3-1 win in West Indies before Kohli & Co. blanked Sri Lanka 5-0 in their own backyard the couple of wins against Australia in the ongoing series has extended their winning run in ODI cricket to eight matches.
Another win on Sunday (September 24) will see Kohli equalling Dhoni’s record of most consecutive ODI victories for an Indian captain. The World Cup-winning skipper had achieved the record from February 2008 to January 2009 when he had led India to 9 consecutive wins.
Kohli has been making waves on the field not only as a captain but also a batsman. Already the second highest centurion in the 50-over format, Kohli, during the second ODI at the Eden Gardens, became only the third Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to have scored more than 10,000 runs in international wins for India.
The 28-year old, who missed his 31st century by just 8 runs at the Eden Gardens, is currently level with former Australia captain Ricky Ponting’s record of 30 ODI centuries. The right-handed batsman has found his mojo back against the team from Down Under and will be keen to surpass Ponting on a ground where he scored a double century when he last played there.