Virat Kohli, on Sunday, hit the ground running when he took the field to bat for the first time since India’s heartbreaking exit from the World Cup. Kohli came to the crease very early after Shikhar Dhawan was sent back for just two by Sheldon Cottrell in the ongoing second ODI against West Indies. It was business as usual for the world number one ODI batsman as he looked at ease right from the word go.

Kohli went on to score his 42nd ODI century and ended a five-month-long drought for an ODI century. The hundred was also Virat Kohli’s 8th ODI hundred against West Indies, one of his favourite oppositions in ODI cricket.  Virat Kohli needed just 111 balls to get to his hundred. It was Kohli’s first hundred since March 2019 and his 4th of the year.

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Kohli scored 445 runs at an average of over 50 in India’s 2019 World Cup campaign but he had not scored a hundred. He, however, had scored five consecutive fifties. Kohli was finally dismissed for 120 when he tried to accelerate as he walked off after getting a standing ovation from the crowd.

During the course of the innings, Kohli became India’s 2nd highest run-scorer in ODI cricket. The right-handed batsman went past Sourav Ganguly‘s mark of 11363 runs in ODI cricket. While Ganguly had needed 311 match, Kohli went past the mark in only his 238th match. Overall, he is now eighth in the list of most ODI runs.

Here is a list showing the players with most runs in ODIs: 

Player Matches Runs
SR Tendulkar (INDIA) 463 18426
KC Sangakkara (Asia/ICC/SL) 404 14234
RT Ponting (AUS/ICC) 375 13704
ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL) 445 13430
DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL) 448 12650
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/PAK) 378 11739
JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA) 328 11579
V Kohli (INDIA) 238 11406
SC Ganguly (Asia/INDIA) 311 11363

Kohli also has broken Rohit Sharma’s record for the fastest to 2000 ODI runs against an opposition. Rohit held the record by getting to 2000 in his 37th ODI innings vs Australia. Kohli got past 2000-run mark against West Indies in what was his 33rd ODI innings.

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