Wishes galore for Virat Kohli after the Indian skipper added yet another feather in his cap by scoring the 35th century of his ODI career.
India’s number three batsman Kohli played an innings of 129* in the sixth One-day International against South Africa in Centurion.
This was Virat’s third century of the recently culminated series.
The 29-year-old batting star Kohli seemed to be in his own resonance with the bat throughout the innings and was playing the ball with ease.
With yet another century, he moved another inch towards Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries.
Friday (February 16), though, it was more about class than just records at SuperSport Park.
Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain, seemed to quite impressed with Kohli and he rated him alongside Sachin in ODI cricket while speaking to India Today.
“One man Virat Kohli like I said at the start of the tour that India will play well if Kohli plays well and he has just smashed it in the one-day series and hats off to him. I have seen Sachin, this fellow is right up there in one-day cricket,” Ganguly asserts.
Further, Ganguly also added that Virat can also break the record of 49 ODI centuries by Sachin Tendulkar:
“If he (Kohli) keeps playing like this, the record (Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 ODI hundreds) will go some day. The form is something very important in cricket and still, 14 hundred are left, which is a long long way. If anybody gets past Sachin’s 49, it will be this man.”
Ganguly’s prediction may come right in years to come as Virat Kohli still has age by his side and can play for 8-9 years more.
Along with that, he is a master in ODI cricket, he might just need a year or two to take over the Master Blaster.
Though, there will be a sudden break now in Virat’s next ODI appearance.
Team India is scheduled to play next ODI series against England in the month of July.
Prior to that, India will play T20I tri-series, a Test match against Afghanistan, two matches T20I series against Ireland and a T20I series against England.
Meanwhile, riding on Virat’s century, team India easily chased down the target of 205 in the sixth ODI.
With this win, team India posted a complete domination by winnings the series by 5-1.
Team India’s only loss came in the rain-marred fourth ODI where apart from rain, dropped catch and a no-ball also played a pivotal role in team’s defeat.
Now the series has entered its’ last leg, where the teams will play a three-match T20I series.
There are three changes in the squad for the series.
Suresh Raina, Jaydev Unadkat and KL Rahul will walk in the T20I side, replacing will Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Shami and Ajinkya Rahane
The three games of the series will be played on February 18, 21 and 24.
The series will also mark an end to team India’s long stay in South Arica.
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