It took India some time to get used to the conditions in South Africa. India had arrived in South Africa just one week before the first Test and paid the price by losing the first two Tests to concede the series.
However, Virat Kohli & Co. have not looked back since spending some time in the African country and getting acclimatised to new conditions.
The world number one Test side thrashed South Africa by 63 runs in the last and final Test and continued their domination in the first One-Day International too. Led by their skipper Virat Kohli’s stunning century, the Men in Blue dismantled the Proteas by six wickets at Kingsmead, Durban on Thursday (February 1).
The win not only helped India to go one nil up in the six-match One-Day International series but also helped the India skipper join former India captain Sourav Ganguly in scoring most ODI tons (11) as Indian captain. Kohli scored 112 off 119 balls, as India chased down 270 inside 46 overs.
The 29-year old, who has scored a staggering six Test double centuries since becoming the captain, reached Ganguly’s record in a little 44 matches compared to the latter’s 146 ODIs. Overall, Ganguly, who had led India to the final of 2003 World Cup, scored 5,082 runs at 38.79 with the help of 11 centuries and 30 half-centuries. Another century will see Kohli becoming the India captain with most ODI centuries.
Kohli and Ganguly are followed by MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, both of whom are tied with six centuries each, as India captain in ODIs. Kohli’s first ODI ton in South Africa also helped the India batting mainstay achieve the unique feat of scoring an ODI hundred in each of the nine countries he has played in.
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