Team India skipper Virat Kohli proved why he is one of the finest ever batsmen to have ever graced the game. His record, especially in the limited overs format, is nothing short of Bradmensaque. He smashed his 41st ODI century against Australia in the 3rd ODI in Ranchi. His innings has still kept the home team in the match despite several batting hiccups in the innings.
It was captain Virat Kohli who played a whirlwind knock of 123 runs of just 95 deliveries which helped India claw their way back into the match after being asked to chase a stiff target of 313 runs. The skipper continued his rich vein of form and smashed a consecutive century which oozed class. The innings was decorated with 16 fours and a solitary six.
Earlier in the day it was a great opening stand between Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch which helped Australia post a competitive score of 312 on the board. Usman Khawaja showed why he is considered one of the finest modern Australian batsmen as he smashed a fluent century. Aaron Finch who had been woefully out of touch coming into the series scored a brilliant 93 and shared a 193 stand with Khawaja.
The visitors deescalated after the fall of both the wickets. Glenn Maxwell looked in great touch but fell to a brilliant throw from Ravindra Jadeja. From there on Kuldeep Yadav produced a magical over bagging two important wickets which stalled the Australian progress. Eventually, they managed to score 312 which they would have taken at the start of the day after being put into bat by Virat Kohli.
The home team lost openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma was dismissed in quick time which put immense pressure on them. However, Kohli started playing the counter-attacking role to perfection and again helped India claw their way back into the match. It was a special knock and the Australian bowlers had no answer for his knock.
After smashing a couple of consecutive fours of Adam Zampa, Kohli fell to a mediocre shot and was castled by Adam Zampa. When the article was written, India had lost 6 wickets for 231 runs. They still require 83 to win from 9 overs.
Here are some of the best tweets from Virat Kohli’s special knock
It isn’t this easy. It isn’t a joke, but this man has made it a joke.
41st for King Kohli. #IndvAus
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 8, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 8, 2019
Glenn Maxwell gets a nick off Virat Kohli but it's put down on 98. Then strikes Vijan Shankar on the pad – reviewed but it's pitched way outside leg. #INDvAUS
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 8, 2019
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) March 8, 2019
Congrats Virat Kohli for 41st century 💯💯😍#Virat
— Siddharth Singh (@Siddharth4003) March 8, 2019
One More Great 100 form #Virat Kohli The Run Machine He Is Real Magician.
— utkarsh tandel (@utkarshtandel05) March 8, 2019
100 under 90 balls that also in chasing 300+ target and while the wicket is falling in other end. That’s the @imVkohli thing. Ppl score run #virat score 100. That’s the difference #Kohli @sachin_rt @iamsrk @virendersehwag #Khawaja
— arhan s (@amzad403) March 8, 2019
Haters are not ready to compare #Virat & #Sachin. Tat's true virat was more than that. Their reason virat is in batting era nd sachin was in bowling era. That's not a kohli mistake. Apart from this kohli's 60% of runs in chasing, like wise 60% runs in foreign. None can do this..
— Selva ram (@selvaram_95) March 8, 2019
— Shashank Jindal (@Shashankjindal3) March 8, 2019
41th ODI Century for #KingKohli ❤️
King Of The World Cricket #ViratKohli 👑
— Avíjít Dαs (@myselfavijitdas) March 8, 2019
Another 100 to Kohli, but I think Australia will get the victory tonight
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) March 8, 2019
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) March 8, 2019