When can Virat Kohli break ODI record of Sachin Tendulkar?

Predicting The Time When Virat Kohli Can Break Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI Records

Virat Kohli. Credit: BCCI Twitter

India skipper Virat Kohli has made a habit of scoring centuries and recently brought his 43rd ODI ton during their series win over West Indies. Only India legend Sachin Tendulkar stands ahead of him with 49 hundreds. When can Kohli overtake his idol and reach the magical figure of 50 centuries in the fifty-over format of the game.

When will Kohli break Tendulkar’s record?

Since making his debut in 2008, Virat Kohli has come up the ranks to become one of the greatest batsmen of the modern-day cricket. He has led the team from the front and is a champion when it comes to chasing targets. Kohli currently has 43 centuries from 229 ODI games. Thus, he scores a hundred approximately in every 5.55 matches. Going by this, Kohli will need another 33 games to equal the record of Sachin Tendulkar. But going by the current form, Kohli is unlikely to take so much time to reach the landmark.

Virat Kohli (L) and Sachin Tendulkar. (Credits: PTI)

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The India skipper in all likelihood will not take more than 20-25 matches to scale the feat. Even if Virat Kohli takes that many games, he will reach the magical figure by 2021. As per the Indian team’s current schedule, their next ODI series would be in December of this year. That would only be a three-match contest against West Indies. Then, Men in Blues will play three ODIs each in every one of the first three months of 2020. Moreover, Kohli & Co will play three more series against Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and England between March and the ICC World T20 in October.

As per the schedule, India will play in total 21 ODIs till the end of 2020. But Virat Kohli, in all assurance, will not play all of them ahead of the all-important World T20. The management will rest Kohli in the series against lighter opponents Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Thus, six centuries in 21 ODI games is difficult even for a player of Kohli’s stature. Therefore, it can be said that Virat Kohli will not break Sachin Tendulkar’s record till 2021.

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Ankush Das

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