The Indian captain Virat Kohli has broken most of the limited-overs records. Kohli has chased down and even bettered some of his idol, Sachin Tendulkar’s record. When India will face Australia in the first One Day International at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Kohli will have another chance of equalling Tendulkar’s record.
Sachin Tendulkar had scored 49 ODI centuries in his illustrious career out of which 20 had come while playing in the home conditions. On the other hand, Virat Kohli has thus far scored 43 ODI hundreds in which he has scored 19 in the Indian conditions. Thus, Kohli needs one more century to level Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
Virat Kohli is the most consistent batsman.
Kohli has so far amassed 12445 runs in the 242 One Day Internationals at a staggering average of 59.84. Hence, Kohli has been the most consistent batsman in all three forms of the game. The Indian captain has an impeccable record while playing against the Australians as he has scored eight ODI centuries against them.
Ergo, just like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli also has a special affinity towards Australia. Kohli would like to continue the same form and get India to a flying start in the three-match ODI series against the visitors.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has made it clear that he is ready to demote himself in the batting order as he is likely to play all the three openers in the side.
Consequently, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will open the innings for India whereas KL Rahul can bat at number three. Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma will return to the squad after been rested for the Sri Lanka T20Is.
Australia had won both the T20I (2-0) and ODI (3-2) series when they had toured in 2019 and thus India will like to turn the tables in the upcoming series. The series opener will take place at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 14th January.